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founder friday

Friday, 6th July at Revolution Bar from 6pm–9pm.

This is a special themed night with 4 speakers from the NDRC@ArcLabs Accelerator programme telling us their story. 

Join us for beers (craft of course), finger food, catch up with old friends and make some new friends.

Click here to book a place: https://events.bizzabo.com/WaterfordFounderFriday


NDRC- Start-ups from Ireland’s sunny south-east span fintech, sport and agritech.

The NDRC’s first ArcLabs accelerator in Waterford has begun with nine tech start-ups that will each receive up to €50,000 in supports.

The programme is the second regional accelerator undertaken by NDRC, following the successful delivery of NDRC at PorterShed in Galway last year.

‘World-leading companies are already emerging from the south-east’ Ben Hurley

The investment in each company includes €30,000 in direct investment and a further €20,000 in business supports from backers including NDRC, Enterprise Ireland, ArcLabs, Waterford Institute of Technology, Bank of Ireland and Suir Valley Ventures.

Going global

“It is wonderful to welcome such exciting new businesses into NDRC’s portfolio,” said CEO Ben Hurley.

“With the help of our regional partners, NDRC at ArcLabs is further proof of the entrepreneurial talent that is spread throughout Ireland.

“World-leading companies are already emerging from the south-east and, with industries such as retail, property and recruitment primed for digital disruption, the potential for more growth is clear.”

The programme is part of Enterprise Ireland’s overall strategy to increase the number and quality of start-ups that have the potential to employ more than 10 people and achieve €1m in export sales within three years.

“Mentorship is fundamental for these early-stage companies and a key pillar of the support system that allows start-ups to become valuable contributors to the regional and national economies,” said Enterprise Ireland CEO Julie Sinnamon.


“The NDRC at ArcLabs further solidifies the support infrastructure for start-ups in the south-east region and I look forward to seeing the growth of the participating start-ups.”

And so, here are the nine companies that form the first cohort of NDRC’s ArcLabs foray in the south-east.

Out of the nine Founder Friday have invited three Founders awarded a place on the programme and Alan Costello – Venture Investment Leader -NDRC to do a themed NDRC @ ArcLabs night.

1. Alan Costello – Venure Investment Leader - NDRC
Investing in early stage high growth tech businesses. #NDRC Supporting Irelands startup ecosystem
And three Founders that were awarded a place on the accelerator programme
2. David Jelly - Founder & CEO of #PropertyBridges
3. Pauline Kwasniak – Founder of TurnedSee (and the only female on the accelerator programme)
4. Tyron Lloyd Baron – Founder of Kraken Analtics

dhbArchitects Award

dhbArchitects were delighted that their Apple Market Project won the Best Cultural and Tourism Building at the annual Irish Construction Industry Awards 2018.

The event was held in City West on Thursday, 14th June. Mario Rosenstock was MC for a very enjoyable evening.

Máire Henry, director with dhbArchitects and lead designer of the project received the award. She thanked her extended team who joined in the celebrations. They included representatives from Waterford Council, Nolan Construction Consultants, Douglas Carroll Engineering, Frank Fox Associates, CSEA engineers and Murphy International the main Contractor on the Apple Market and Waterford Public Realm Project.

The judges commended the project on its design and contribution to making the Apple Market a destination for the people of Waterford and visitors to the City.

Businesses and companies in the greater Waterford City and county area are urged to get registering now for the Sean Kelly Dawn Chorus Cycle on Saturday, July 14, and play their part in helping raise funds for two very worthy local appeals.

Sports and social clubs, cycling enthusiasts and those who haven’t yet had an opportunity to cycle along the totally off-road Greenway are encouraged to register now on www.dawnchoruscycle.com to guarantee their place.
The leisure and pleasure event will start at 4:30am when the Sean Kelly Dawn Chorus East Route leaves Kilmacthomas’s Rainbow Hall for Waterford City’s Bilberry Car Park and a 46km return trip.

The second group of cyclists sets off from the same starting point at Rainbow Hall, Kilmacthomas at 5am and travel the slightly shorter 43km West Route to Dungarvan and back.

Places are limited to 500 only. Everyone who takes part gets a goody bag and will enjoy a healthy breakfast upon their return to Kilmacthomas.

Solas Cancer Support Centre and St. John’s Special School, Dungarvan will both benefit from this event. They are two fantastic charities and do phenomenal work in our community. Registration is €40 per adult and €20 for children over 10 years of age.

The Sean Kelly Dawn Chorus Cycle is one of the key events in this year’s Comeraghs Wild Festival programme. This 2018 Festival runs from July 12 to 15 and includes surfing and seaweed foraging events, a concert at Mahon Falls with the Dublin Gospel Choir, heritage events, a street fete in Kilmacthomas, a Céilí and more.

Bluegrass Festival 2018Now in its 24th year, the Dunmore East International Bluegrass Festival, is still proving as alluring as ever for top music acts, as some of the industry’s greatest bluegrass and country music acts line up for the free four-day festival in the Co. Waterford village from August 23rd to August 26th.

Fans of bluegrass, honky-tonk, blues, country, Americana and rhythm ‘n’ roots are in for a real musical treat as the picturesque village’s International Bluegrass Festival will feature 14 artists playing almost 40 free gigs throughout the village.

Headlining this year’s festival is Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters, an old school country roots band that effortlessly blends rock, folk and country.  Hailing from North Carolina, Amanda Anne Platt has earned a reputation as an assertive yet gentle and unassuming singer whose “voice and the interplay of the guitar and mandolin gives this band their unique complex sound, a clear-sounding mash-up of American, bluegrass, fold and honky-tonk” according to Elmore Magazine.  At 2015 MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the US, the Honeycutters received fantastic reviews.

Making a return to Dunmore East is California’s Whiskey Deaf. Fiddle player Annie Staninec was born and bred on bluegrass music, has toured the world and featured on countless albums with renowned country, Cajun and blues artists, while John Kael, an established songwriter, has been playing bluegrass guitar, mandolin, banjo and bass for over twenty years.

Having taught in some of the most prestigious music camps in the country, John and Annie will give two traditional bluegrass guitar and fiddle workshops on Friday, August 24th. Places are €10 and pre-booking is essential.

Some perennial favourites returning to Dunmore East’s Bluegrass Festival include Demolition String Band, Woodbine, Mons Wheeler Band and the Backyard Band. New acts to line up in 2018 are Brother’s Parker, Pilgrim Street, Kiss My Grass, Bert and Henry, Charlie Reader, Vickers Vimy, and Whistle.

Mick Daly, Festival Organiser is delighted with the calibre of both first-time and returning bands playing at the festival. “We have a great line-up of bluegrass, country, rockabilly, roots and Americana acts this year.  We are excited about welcoming the Honeycutters to Dunmore for the first time, but also equally excited about the return of some of the big names that have appeared over the years. Many of the bands that play the Dunmore Bluegrass Festival feed off the fantastic energy of the crowd and the fact that it is set to a stunning coastal backdrop is a bonus.”

“Over the past decade or so the festival has evolved organically and while bluegrass is still at the very heart of the festival there is a more eclectic offering of music, such as rockabilly, country and Americana.  A lot of the young, up-and-coming acts are making waves on the bluegrass scene and we’re thrilled to have an exciting line up bringing their energy and vibrancy to the festival.”

“The festival appeals to die-hard bluegrass fans who have been visiting Dunmore for decades, but it also has a broader appeal to those who simply like good toe-tappin’ music, in a beautiful seaside setting, under the sun!”

The 24th Dunmore East International Bluegrass Festival, Co. Waterford kicks off on Thursday evening, August 23rd at the Spinnaker Bar and Restaurant, and heralds the start of 14 bands, playing almost 40 free gigs throughout the village.

For more information visit www.discoverdunmore.com or keep up to date on the Discover Dunmore East Facebook page.

Design ChallengeA Design Challenge to transform Waterford's Cultural Quarter (in the O'Connell Street area) has officially launched.

As part of the challenge, the O'Connell Street area community is invited to submit details of challenges they face. A national team of judges will select 6-8 challenges to be matched to designers. The multi-disciplinary design teams will work with the community to develop design solution proposals. These proposals will be showcased during Design Week in November 2018 for public consultation and feedback. An exhibition period will allow a further period of time for public feedback and engagement with the wider community. Opportunity for a public vote will be considered as part of panel deliberations.

The Design Challenge has been developed by Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) Creativity and Culture Research Group (CCRG); Waterford Cultural Quarter; and Garter Lane Arts Centre. Speaking at the launch, Dr Fiona Dowling from WIT CCRG and Lecturer in Design, said "We are delighted to announce the Design Challenge website launch and open call for Expressions of Interest." Joy Rooney from WIT CCRG and Lecturer in Design said “Our Design industry will be invited to work with community groups to develop a design proposal for a solution to the identified challenge which will also be beneficial to the whole community. These innovative proposals are aimed at encouraging and supporting creativity within the Cultural Quarter area”.

Katherine Collins from Waterford Cultural Quarter said “The Design Challenge team are calling on the “locals”, the residents, businesses and creative people to tell us what they find challenging and what opportunities are waiting to be explored in the O’Connell street area of Waterford City. Challenges might include a lack of signage on the street or difficulties for children to play close to home, and about opportunities such as empty spaces, the greenway and so on – the Design Challenge team wish to hear what people using the area would like to improve”.

Síle Penkert from Garter Lane Arts Centre said: “Bringing the Design Challenge through the doors of Garter Lane Arts Centre quite literally and physically in the heart of the Cultural Quarter feels right, here we have an opportunity to make ourselves known to our nearest neighbours and welcome newcomers, while together we look at the challenges that face us all in a new, exciting and developmental time in Waterford City.”

Emma Haran from Waterford Cultural Quarter said: "It’s recommended that you discuss your proposal with the project team. You can do this by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by dropping in to the Support Desk on 21 September, at Garter Lane Arts Centre."

Closing date for Expressions of Interest: 28th September 2018. For further information please visit our website: www.designchallengewaterford.ie


Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO® Themed Summer Camps have been designed to teach the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) to girls and boys, aged 5-12 in a fun and entertaining way.

The Bricks 4 Kidz Summer Camps provide a unique approach to educational play using LEGO® bricks, motors and remote controls. Children explore and collaborate using unique lessons, proprietary model plans and themed learning units.


  • Six Cross Business Park, Waterford.
  • Passage Cross, Dunmore Road, Waterford


July and August

9am-12pm or 2pm-5pm

LEGO Technic suitable for boys and girls – Ages 5-12

For further details visit www.bricks4kidz.ie/wexford/lego-summer-camps

TECH experts at a top Irish research and innovation hub have teamed up with industry and carefully-selected global partners to catapult the age-old electricity grid into a future beyond 5G and ensure it is secure, stable and renewables compatible.

They’ve won significant, coveted European Commission backing to power the RESERVE and SOGNO projects, both of which provide cutting-edge global solutions for the future grid and ensure it has a bright, sustainable future.

A research team of the Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) at the Waterford Institute of Technology, is at the coalface, rethinking, re-designing, testing and future proofing the basics of grid control and grid automation. They are one of three Irish research partners on the project that has assembled with an expert team of European future grid specialists to work with industry and test solutions.

Industry challenges they’re addressing include substituting the role of synchronous machines in future power systems; making the grid more reactive to changes and working out with industry what role information and communication infrastructures will play in the future grid network and more.

It’s all being tested and validated in Ireland by the multi-skilled Irish team using pan-European, real time simulation infrastructure with ESB Networks, project leader, Miguel Ponce de Leon explained.

“TSSG is looking at the impact of having such a large number of voltage measurement points in converters at electric generation and storage units in distribution grid network.

“We’re also evaluating how software applications, that run over new 5G networks, can provide the necessary performance to ensure a cost-effective solution to allow for scalability, ultra-low latency and very large capacity as well as network slicing and prioritised message transport.

“Our tried and tested solutions will be capable of supporting huge numbers of low-cost and low-energy communications devices, lasting for up to 10 years without on-site maintenance while also reducing the need for wireline connections – thus eliminating the need to dig if something does go wrong.”

ESB Networks Jonathan Sandham said: “Our grid needs to be future proofed and we’re very fortunate to be working with a multi-skilled, hands-on team at the TSSG to test and validate as we go.We’ve already made significant progress in securing electricity supply for generations to come.”

Through its work on SOGNO, the TSSG team is also providing cost-effective software services which allow energy suppliers to have real-time insights into the operation of their energy network.

There is a FREE Practical training session on securing EU Funding for your local Community or Cultural Group in Garter Lane Theatre, Friday 22 June from 10am – 1pm with lunch included. This event is organised by The Waterford Europe Direct Centre in partnership with The Cultural Quarter, The Waterford Area Partnership and will be facilitated by The Wheel.

The Europe for Citizens Fund is taking applications until 1 September. This round of funding is for local groups who organise events and local festivals that promote:

- An appreciation of culture and history
- Local history
- Active citizenship
- Debate
- Volunteering
- Inclusion
- Town twinning

If you are a community or a cultural group you can apply for a grant to fund 25 + European visitors to take part in a series of events in your locality, celebrating culture, citizenship, volunteering, local festivals. This fund is the most accessible EU Fund, the application form is straightforward and it is often the first EU Funding application that local groups access before participating in larger projects.

Places are limited so booking is essential. Lunch is included. You can find out more information and book your free place here.


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