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Tidy Towns Waterford City has announced the winners of their first annual ‘Festive Window Dressing’ competition. Designed around the Christmas Gift Tag ‘Do your #BITT for #Winterval’ and supported by Tidy Towns, Waterford Council, Waterford Chamber and Waterford Business Group.

The winning windows were Altitude, in Ballybricken and The Granville Hotel, on Meagher’s Quay. With the judging panel unable to split the two businesses, each will received €250 of Waterford Shopping Vouchers.

“It’s never too early to mention Santa Claus and with around 300 days to next Christmas,” said a tongue in cheek Michael Garland, Chair of Tidy Towns, “We are delighted that both Altitude and The Granville Hotel have been recognised for their wonderful festive effort last year.

The City must put is best foot forward during important anchor festivals such as Winterval. And we are delighted that for future years we will once again be tying in with Tommie and the Winterval team, to expand this event right across the whole City. It is hoped that as Tidy Towns organically gathers momentum, more and more businesses will come on board to support our efforts.

It is hoped that in the very near future we will be launching our Tidy Town plans to the wider public and groups, such as Resident Associations. We need people and groups to come on board, if they are interested, and be part of a future winning team.

Keep an eye out in ALL the local media for future adverts and announcements about the Tidy Towns official launch meeting.”

In the meantime the Tidy Towns team are asking businesses and members of the public to look after and enjoy the City, as we all need to live, work and play here. The next window competition is scheduled for the Summer and is sponsored by Morris’s DIY.

“Everyone can and should do their #BITT. We must #KeepDiscovering OUR City” said Michael Garland.

WIT Golisano InstituteThe Golisano Institute of Developmental Disability Nursing at St John Fisher College in the US and Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together in the field of intellectual disability nursing. This is the second MoU between WIT and Fisher.

The signing took place on 20 February at a symposium on Intellectual Disability Nursing held at WIT. This partnership will include an exchange with faculty members from WIT’s honour’s degree in intellectual disability nursing programme. Those faculty members will be embedded at Fisher’s Wegmans School of Nursing, home of the Golisano Institute, and WIT faculty advisors will also make short-term visits to New York to offer guidance in curriculum development and implementation, and share best practices in creating models of inclusive nursing care.

“We are so proud and happy to continue our important relationship with Waterford Institute of Technology in the interest of advancing nursing education and practice in the field of intellectual and developmental disability nursing. We are very happy to be joined by Special Olympics International in this work made possible by the generosity of Mr Thomas Golisano and the Golisano Foundation,” said Dr Dianne Cooney Miner, dean of the Wegmans School of Nursing and executive director of the Golisano Institute of Developmental Disability Nursing.

Ann Costello, Executive Director of the Golisano Foundation, said, “Our global mission to advance inclusive health for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can only happen when we forge partnerships such as the one being celebrated today with St. John Fisher College Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing and Waterford Institute of Technology. We have shown that there are no boundaries when it comes to sharing and leveraging expertise when you have the will to improve the health and access to care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

Dr Sara Kennedy, Head of the Department of Nursing and Healthcare at WIT, welcomed the continued partnership with St. John Fisher College and the opportunity to collaborate further with Special Olympics through the involvement of the Golisano Foundation.

“This MOU marks a hugely significant collaboration between WIT and St John Fisher College. Intellectual disability is a multi-pronged and complex issue and through collaboration between the three organizations, we hope to further the treatment and understand the unique needs of people with an intellectual disability. We are honoured to play a part in the transformation of the nursing domain of training, care and support for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities in the United States.”

Special Olympics CEO Mary Davis shared her support for this continued collaboration noting, “It’s fantastic to see this cooperative effort continue between WIT and St John Fisher College. This intellectual disability nursing programme will give nursing students the opportunity to better understand how to identify and treat all patients’ needs. We must all concentrate on the needs of people with intellectual disabilities and bring a message of inclusion to every community around the world. We can achieve so much more when we engage in partnerships such as these that truly change the way we approach inclusion.”

In October 2018, St. John Fisher College, Tom Golisano, and the Golisano Foundation announced the creation of the Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing thanks to a $5.8 million gift, $5 million from Tom Golisano and $800,000 from the Golisano Foundation. The Institute is designed to transform the health care and support of individuals with developmental disabilities.

DSI Golf Challenge

Down Syndrome branch (Waterford and South Kilkenny) has been chosen as this years main beneficiary of the All Ireland GAA Golf Challenge.

The Challenge is a national two-day golf event run on a voluntary basis where over 50 GAA clubs across Ireland, England and the US pit themselves against each other to bring home All-Ireland glory. This Charity event will be held in Waterford Castle on the 11th & 12th September 2020.

Proceeds from this event will help fund Speech & Language Services for our branch members. The aim of the service is to improve outcomes for our members and to help them fulfil their maximum potential in education, independence and employment.

Waterford Chamber members are invited to this year’s launch in Waterford Castle on Tuesday, 3rd March at 8.30am. The launch this year takes the shape of a business breakfast morning centring around a questions and answers session with GAA personalities. RSVP to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In order to ensure maximum exposure and revenue for our branch, we are hoping to get as many businesses and individuals involved in the fundraising aspect.
We would be delighted if you/your employer/company was in a position to support us by sponsoring a tee box, a raffle prize or indeed making a donation to the event.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help.

WIT 2020 Education AwardsWaterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has won an award in the Best Use of Educational Technology/ICT Initiative of the Year category at the 2020 Education Awards which took place on Thursday, 20 February 2020.

WIT had been shortlisted in four categories:

  • Calmast STEM Outreach Centre at WIT was a finalist in the Best Education Outreach Award.
  • WIT was also a finalist in the Best Marketing / Communications Team category.
  • The institute’s Higher Diploma in Computer Science Online was on the shortlist in both the Best Use of Educational Technology/ICT Initiative of the Year and Best Online Learning Experience categories.

In addition the institute was one of six shortlisted by judges for the level of activity under way.

The Education Awards recognise, encourage and celebrate excellence in the third level education sector on the island of Ireland from both State and privately funded institutions. The Award categories are designed to highlight the key areas that impact upon student performance.

Speaking on behalf of the team behind the Higher Diploma in Computer Science Online, Eamonn de Leastar, course leader said: "Our goal has been to devise a platform to enable our learners to realise their potential in exciting and creative ways, and to take all that is good with traditional teaching and combine it with the exciting opportunities that technology and online delivery has to offer. It is wonderful to have the work of the full team recognised with this award."

The ICT initiative involved a number of technologies that collectively known as TutorStack.

This flexible multi-layer technology solution is developed and used by staff at WIT for providing the best possible student experience for BOLD (blended and online delivery) and was piloted on WIT’s first fully online programme the Higher Diploma in Computer Science.

“It incorporates a four layer system embracing open/free technologies with a layer for instruction materials - tutors, a communications and community building layer utilising Slack, an assessment and feedback layer – Moodle and Socrative, and a media layer which incorporates YouTube Live and Open Broadcast Studio, and video pods for solo operated live streaming and recording of classes. We’ve tried to make as easy as possible for staff to embrace and be comfortable with delivering online so as to maximise student experience,” explained Colm Dunphy, course leader, who picked up the award on behalf of his colleagues.

MagsBolandMurphy BofinWith a broad and practical programme of 21 events during Local Enterprise Week 2020, March 2nd to March 6th, all entrepreneurs and small business owners are sure to find something to whet the appetite.

“Making It Happen” is the theme of this year’s Local Enterprise Week and Local Enterprise Office Waterford is committed to helping local businesses, regardless of their stage of growth, make it happen.

Richie Walsh, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Waterford said that the premise of the Local Enterprise Week is to introduce entrepreneurs and small businesses, regardless of the sector they are in, to helpful and informative resources and workshops.

“With events throughout the city and county, the range is quite eclectic, however they have one thing in common...they are designed to help small and start-up enterprises overcome the day-to-day challenges they face and to grow. Most of the events are free, while some require a nominal booking fee. As with previous years, we would encourage pre-booking as the workshops tend to fill up very quickly.”

Waterford Retail A Fresh Look is a free breakfast event presented by Waterford Chamber on March 3rd. Comprising of a panel of successful and innovative practitioners with guest speakers from AIB and Retail Excellence Ireland, this event will help retailers identify and overcome the challenges facing the retail sector.

On March 4th Future-Proof your Business for Success, is an ideal two-hour workshop for those who wish to make smart changes in their business. Presented by Mags Boland Murphy of Bofin Consultancy, this workshop will underpin to importance of using financial information to support your business decision making and planning.

Social Media Mash-Up is curated by Paul Dower and presented by Seanie Walsh, a dynamic young social media disruptor on March 6th. Seanie will explore the real state of the social media marketing industry in Ireland, examining the power this new breed of marketing now holds and how to use social media to start, fund and grow your business. This presentation will be followed by an expert panel discussion facilitated by Teresanne O’ Reilly.

On the evening of March 4th world-renowned brain hacker and hypnotist, Keith Barry will provide unparalleled insight into enhancing leadership abilities and breaking through barriers to reach your business goals with Mind Magic Your Business.

Waterford Local Enterprise Office, in conjunction with various key business support organisations and state agencies, including Enterprise Ireland, Waterford Chamber of Commerce and RIKON is dedicated to providing a programme that gives start-ups and small businesses opportunities, advice and resources to unleash their potential and help them on the path to growth.

Other events taking place throughout Local Enterprise Week include Building Waterford, the Award-Winning Foodie Destination; the National Enterprise Awards; Student Enterprise Awards; Protecting your IP clinic; On-line selling for Craft Business workshop and general business advice clinics.

To register for Local Enterprise Week events taking place in Waterford city and county from March 2nd to 6th, or to find out more about what business support services are available visit www.localenterprise.ie/Waterford/ 

Most events are completely free of charge while some have a nominal booking fee of just €15. As with last year, many of the events are expected to book up quickly so early booking is strongly advised.

LEO Student Enterprise Awards 2020The Waterford Student Enterprise Programme started in September with 1,000 students from 15 schools in Waterford City and County. They created their businesses, developed, branded, promoted and sold. But most importantly they learned what it felt like to run their own business.

Finally, 130 students representing 12 schools in Waterford county will compete in the Waterford Student Enterprise Final on Tuesday March 3rd at the Tower Hotel in Waterford City. 46 businesses in total, shortlisted from a total of 350 who commenced the competition in September will present their business plans and challenge for the top prize in the Waterford Student Enterprise Programme.

The winner will represent Waterford at the National Finals on May 1st in Croke Park taking on 34 other businesses, the best of the rest of the country.

Co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Office Waterford, the competition is the most successful programme of its kind in the country. 27,000 budding entrepreneurs from 380 secondary schools across the country have been running their own enterprises, with help from their teachers and Local Enterprise Offices.

Finalists from all over the country will set-up enterprise exhibition displays before taking part in a series of judging interviews.  The judging panels take numerous factors into account, such as business reporting, innovation, market research, risk management and finances.

Praising the teachers and local schools involved in the programme, Richie Walsh, Head of Enterprise at the Local Enterprise Office Waterford, said: “The Student Enterprise Programme encourages and enables students to take on the world of business and develop an entrepreneurial mind-set. By fostering an enterprising culture in the classroom, the Local Enterprise Offices are working with teachers and schools to help nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

Further information about May’s National Finals is available through www.studententerprise.ie, which also has free resources and video tutorials for students and teachers for the programme. For more information, please contact your Local Enterprise Office at 35 the Mall in Waterford City or Civic Offices in Dungarvan. Alternatively, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Keith BarryWith a jam-packed programme of 21 events taking place throughout Waterford during Local Enterprise Week from March 2nd to 6th, Mind Magic your Business is guaranteed to be a big attraction for entrepreneurs and business owners.

On Wednesday March 4th, this evening event is presented by Waterford native and world-renowned mentalist and brain hacker, Keith Barry at WorkLAB in the IDA Industrial Park.  Keith will give invaluable insight into how participants can tap into their subconscious minds to break through barriers, disrupt unhealthy thought patterns, enhance leadership abilities and exceed expectations both in their business and professional lives.

Another key event taking place on March 4th is Future-Proof your Business for Success, a two-hour workshop focusing on supporting those who wish to make smart changes in their business.  Whether your business goal is to create employment, develop new markets, secure investment or to diversify and grow, Bofin Consultancy, will help your business navigate the maze of obstacles to achieving business success.

Success Leaves Clues is an engaging and interactive workshop that will reveal the “two tactics you can start using immediately to get more of the right stuff done in your business.”  Brendan Cullen will encourage participants to realise their full potential to get the important things accomplished and achieve immediate results. This free workshop takes place on Thursday, March 5th from 8am to 9.30am at the Tower Hotel.

Head of Enterprise at Local Enterprise Office Waterford Richie Walsh said that this year’s programme is varied, engaging and interesting and should appeal to all businesses regardless of their scale or sector. “With a theme of “Making It Happen”, Local Enterprise Office Waterford is committed to helping local start-up or established businesses with apt business supports.”

“The programme for Local Enterprise Week 2020 really encapsulates the issues facing businesses and sets smart, achievable and measurable objectives to help them realise their full potential.”

Some of the other events taking place throughout Waterford City and County during Local Enterprise Week include; Building Waterford - the Award Winning Foodie Destination, the National Enterprise Awards; Student Enterprise Awards; Protecting your IP clinic; On-line selling for Craft Business workshop, Social Media Mash-Up, Delivering Value - a design thinking approach for solo entrepreneurs and general business advice clinics.

To register for Local Enterprise Week events taking place in Waterford city and county from March 2nd to 6th, or to find out more about what business support services are available visit www.localenterprise.ie/Waterford/

Most events are completely free of charge while some have a nominal booking fee of just €15. As with last year, many of the events are expected to book up quickly so early booking is strongly advised.

Failte Ireland Local Experts Programme

Make Waterford a must visit destination and grow your business

Sign yourself and your team up to our SHARE WATERFORD Local Experts workshop and let us inspire you to make every visitor engagement a truly informative and positive experience. Help grow both your business and Waterford's tourism economy!

After a number of successful workshops this is another chance to take part for those who may have missed out! Our workshop will be fun, free, informative and interactive and will cover all of what Waterford has to offer.

Register yourself and your employees today by choosing from one of the following workshop events:

Local Experts Workshop
Venue: Dooley's Hotel, Waterford
Date: Wednesday, February 26th
Time: 09.30-12.00
Registration from 09.00

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Local Experts Workshop
Venue: Dooley's Hotel, Waterford
Date: Wednesday, February 26th
Time: 14.30-17.00
Registration from 14.00

Register here

Project Music Michael Murphy Event

Michael Murphy is a broadcaster, psychoanalyst and author. With presenter Ciana Campbell, he has staged his show Stories Poetry and Dreams at venues all over Ireland, and in the United States where it was “recommended” by The New York Times.

Michael and Ciana will be performing poems from his latest book The Ministry of Dreams - Collected Poems published in November. Michael writes accessible and engaging poetry that speaks to our experience of modern life. He explores themes of identity, love, death, sexuality, politics, religion and language, in poems that move the heart with deep emotion and appeal to the intellect through their wisdom. Running throughout each poem is a proud affirmation of life and a steadfast belief in the transcendence and sacredness of love.

“Those of us fortunate to have heard Michael use his voice to perform his poems have understood clearly the full meaning of Lorca’s duende, and appreciate the bravura of duende’s artistic daring and grace when delivered by a master poet with an Irish accent.” Dr. Jeannine Woods, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, NUI Galway. 

This event will take place in The House of Waterford Crystal on Thursday the 20th February, doors open at 7.30pm with the show beginning at 8.00pm. It will be in two halves with a short break in the middle. Michael will present on his latest poetry book and the audience will be encouraged to ask questions and engage in this unique event. The price for entry is 15 EURO and tickets can be reserved by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., calling the Event Hotline on 087 9293553, or at the reception of The House of Waterford Crystal.

It is an evening not to be missed, come along and enjoy the company of one of Ireland’s most recognisable faces and voices. If you are in a book club, make it your event, if you like literature it is a must, bring along the family and enjoy a fun filled evening followed by a book signing with Michael. On completion all are invited to The Munster Bar for finger food and a chance to chat on the nights offerings. We hope to see you there, book early!

Science Careers Day WIT Arena 2019Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) welcomes employers to take up the last remaining spaces at the WIT Department of Science Careers Day taking place on Friday, 28 February, 9am to 1pm, at the WIT Arena.

At the event, final year students of the Land Sciences (Horticulture, Agriculture, Forestry, and Agricultural Science) and the Lab Sciences (Pharmaceutical Science, Physics, Molecular Biology and Biopharmaceutical Science, and Food Science) gather to meet employers in the region and as was the case in previous years, some students will be lucky enough to secure their first job after college from some of the exhibitors attending.

A list of employers who have already confirmed their attendance at the event can be found on the WIT website and include MSD Clonmel, West Pharma, and Source Biosciences from the lab science contingent, and Grassland Agro, Agri-Lloyd, Veon Ltd., and Iverk Produce from the Agri-Horticulture-Forestry sectors. Hartley People, Matrix Recruitment and Sigmar Recruitment are just three of numerous recruitment companies who have already booked their places. This year the Science Careers Day committee are pleased to welcome sponsorship from Uniplumo, MSD Ballydine, Irish Forestry Unit Trust, ENGAGE Education, Eurofins, and many more. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.

Employers who would like to exhibit at the Careers Day are invited to contact Dr. Tony Woodcock on 051-302623 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Much of the Careers Day will involve a networking event where employers will meet students to discuss career options. Each employer attending will receive a Careers Day Graduate Handbook containing information on approximately 300 students, including a short biography and contact details. These final year students will be available to take up full-time positions in June 2020 making it a timely event for employers to attend.

Arrivals to the WIT Arena for the WIT Department of Science Careers Day can hear the hubbub of negotiation, optimism and energy as soon as the front doors open. 

The number and diversity of land and laboratory science employers in the region is apparent; large companies with a global reach stand alongside local SMEs. All have at least one thing in common – they want to recruit highly skilled and knowledgeable WIT graduates.

In an economy at ‘full-employment’ and a forecast of continued growth, employers know that finding a qualified person for a role is growing increasingly difficult, so the opportunity to chat to company representatives in an informal setting is usually the gentle push a student needs to apply for a position.

Dr Kathleen Grennan, the WIT Pharmaceutical Programme Leader says “The WIT Department of Science Careers Day is a fantastic networking opportunity for our students, enabling them to directly engage with representatives from industry often for the first time. Both students and employers really enjoy these exchanges, and many valuable contacts are made.”


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