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St Joseph Benildus parish

St Joseph & Benildus parish is promoting partnership with Ishiara parish, in a poor, rural part of Kenya north-east of Nairobi. Both areas are affected by Climate Change but with different consequences.

In 2018 Ireland suffered the most serious drought in over 50 years and many of our reservoirs are still not replenished.

Ishiara suffer on an on-going basis from not being able to store any rainwater for irrigating their crops which hampers their subsistence farming and hence they often suffer food shortages. As a partnership we hope to raise some funds to help them build a “sand-dam” to retain water for their area.

One of our initiatives is related to water-saving here in Waterford.

The above flyer describes a very inexpensive water-saving button can than be added to many older toilet cisterns, to significantly reduce the flush volume for “liquid waste”. Hence the tag-line “Save 2 cent every time you spend a penny!”. Any business that pays commercial rates for water can save about €50 per employee per annum. Cost of the button is €20 so the payback is short. The installation is extremely simple.

To Order:

Contact Parish Secretary, St. Joseph & St. Benildus Parish Centre, Newtown, Waterford
Tel: 051-878977   (10am-1pm)   Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All major credit/debit cards accepted.

€20 each or 2 buttons for €35   (over 50% of the proceeds goes directly towards the Ishiara Project).

“FastForm installed several Mecon water-saving buttons over 4 years ago and they are working without a problem ever since”, David Sheehan, CEO, FastForm Research Ltd.

“We installed the water-saving button in our dental clinic recently and it was well received by everyone”  Dr. Gus Papathomas, Williamstown Dental Centre.

The Work Placement Office is responsible for work placement programmes for undergraduates in the School of Business, and places over 150 students annually with employers in Ireland and abroad.

Employers - why take a student?

It is a chance to gain access to high caliber, eager, and ambitious undergraduates with different specialisations: Accounting, Marketing, Human Resources, Economics and Finance, Retail and Management. Work Placement is also an opportunity to develop and sustain strong links between your business and Higher Education.

The WIT Work Placement office also works closely with our Careers Centre for employers who want to attract graduates.

Placement of the students is managed closely with the employers including arranging for CV's, interviews and advice to employers.

 The programmes which include placement options are as follow:

If you are interested in the Work Placement programme please complete the

Employer Response Form or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. directly for more details at:

Flexible Semester Office (D18)

School of Business

Waterford Institute of Technology
Cork Road, Waterford.

Tel: +353 51 306153
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Motivational Night for Noah

Motivational Night for Noah will take place on Saturday, 16th February at the Tower Hotel, Waterford. The night aims to inspire and motivate, leaving you& ready to take on this new year with purpose and drive.

There will be three powerful speakers on the night; Enda O Doherty, inspirational speaker and endurance athlete, Derek McGrath, former manager of Waterford senior hurling team & Bryan Teahan, former special forces operator and high performance coach. Tickets are available online at https://wishtowalk.ie/events-page/ with discounts for group bookings.

All proceeds will go to NOAH'S WISH TO WALK, which you may have already seen getting some attention in the local media this week. Noah is a four year old boy from Waterford City. He has Cerebral Palsy and has been accepted for life changing surgery in the USA to help him to walk. His family are trying to raise €100,000 to help him achieve this dream.

If you cannot attend on the night, or if you would like to find out more about Noah, you can visit the website www.wishtowalk.ie where you can donate online.

CIPD Wellness Workplace

CIPD South East Regional Committee are back in action in the New Year. We are kicking off 2019 with our WorkWell event which will focus on how workplace wellbeing is the underpinning for positive culture and who doesn’t want a positive workplace environment.

Well-being comes from one place and one place only - a positive culture as detailed in the Harvard Business Review. CIPD have made the assertion that 'Well-being creates workplaces which support health and happiness so that people can flour­­­ish and reach their potential. It involves the creation of an environment that actively promotes a state of contentment, benefiting both employees and the organisation'.

With that in mind employers need to be cognisant of any obstacles in developing a positive culture and actively working on wellbeing initiatives to address. We want to explore some of the challenges that private sector locally and internationally face as well as challenges and learnings from the public sector.

We have four speakers which will give their insight, learnings, suggestions into how prioritising wellness in the workplace leads to a positive culture which in turn improves productivity, retention an­­­­­­d overall employee satisfaction. ­­­Wellness should be part of the agenda at senior management level. This event is a must for all HR professionals in the Southeast region.

There will be a panel discussion at the end to explore in further depth this very important role of HR. As always it is a valuable networking opportunity.

This event is co-sponsored by Sunlife Financial and Morgan McKinley and we would like to thank them for their support.

The event is open to CIPD members and due to the interest in this event we have opened it up, with limited space, for non-members to attend.


Closing date for applications is Thursday 28th February 2019

No applications will be accepted after this date

Waterford City & County Council is committed to encouraging communities and empowering residents to make a difference to their areas.  To support this, the Council is inviting applications to its Supporting Communities Fund 2019.

The Supporting Communities Fund provides grant aid assistance to Residents Associations, Community Groups, Sports Clubs and other groups/committees engaged in community activity, providing community services or carrying out improvement works at local or county level. Groups can apply under one the following 3 funding strands:

1. Residents Association Fund, 2. Community Activity Fund, 3. Sports & Recreation Fund

How to apply

All applicants must complete a Supporting Waterford Communities Fund 2019 application form which can be downloaded from the Waterford Council’s website www.waterfordcouncil.ie.

Alternatively you can collect an application pack at Waterford City & County Council Customer Service points at Bailey’s New Street, Waterford or at the Civic Offices, Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan or alternatively you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to have an application pack sent out to you.

Once completed please submit your application with necessary documentations by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or in hard copy to:

Colette O’ Brien,

Supporting Waterford Communities Fund 2019,

Waterford City & County Council,

Baileys New Street,


Don’t forget: Closing date for applications is Thursday 28th February 2019 – late applications shall not be accepted

WLR Damien TiernanWELL-KNOWN journalist and broadcaster Damien Tiernan is the new voice of mid-morning radio in Waterford, taking over as presenter of the award-winning 'Deise Today' on WLR.

WLR has confirmed that the former South East correspondent with RTE is to take the reins of the hugely popular talk and current affairs show, starting Monday, February 4.

Damien lives in Passage East and is heavily involved in community life in the locality. He is one of the most recognisable faces in Waterford and both he, and WLR, are delighted that he is joining the team there.

He left RTE only last month after 23 years. He was the second-youngest correspondent ever appointed at the age of just 26.

Originally from Newtown Mount Kennedy in Co Wicklow, Damien has lived in Waterford since the 90s and is hugely familiar with its people and its issues.

He has broken and covered some of the biggest stories in Waterford in the past two decades and his move to WLR's flagship programme is a dream come true for him.

“I am absolutely honoured to be following in the footsteps of the legendary Billy McCarthy who presented the show for 25 years, and more recently, Eamon Keane,” Damien said of his new role in WLR.

“I have always been an admirer of 'Deise Today' and have long thought that I would love to present this programme. Now that dream is becoming a reality.”

“The show covers a range of topics extremely well. It's going to be a new challenge for me and ten hours of live broadcasting a week will be both invigorating and exciting!”

“I am very excited at the prospect of working with talented producer and journalist Jennifer Long and all in the superb news and sports department. The fact that 'The Irish Times' is now onboard and there is a clear digital strategy to promote the programme is very important. We also intend bringing the programme out and about more to various parts of the city and county.”

WLR is considered one of the best independent radio stations in the country and 'Deise Today', which is the station's flagship show, is produced by Jennifer Long who is also WLR's Current Affairs Editor.

Managing Director of WLR Des Whelan said he is delighted to welcome Damien Tiernan to WLR. “Deise Today is a hugely popular programme on WLR and while Damien has big shoes to fill presenting the 10 to noon slot, he is a hugely capable and respected broadcaster and I know he will do very well,” he said.

“A journalist who has broken and covered some of the biggest stories in this area in the last 25 years, Damien is very popular in our broadcast area and is actively involved in the GAA, the Junior Soccer League and in his local Passage East area. He understands the importance of local ethos. I know he will be a huge asset to WLR and I wish him well.”

Programme Director Michael Byrne meanwhile, said that Damien's arrival to WLR reflects the station's commitment to maintaining a top-class local radio service for the people of Waterford.

“Damien is so well-known in Waterford from his TV days and we are absolutely delighted to have signed a contract with him to present 'Deise Today' for the years ahead,” he said.

“He is considered by many of us in the business as an excellent journalist and broadcaster and someone who is hard-working and committed. His addition to the team will greatly add to our offering and demonstration the ambition of WLR.”

Damien holds a BA in English and Philosophy from UCD and also did a postgraduate diploma in Journalism in Galway.

He started his career as a journalist in local newspapers in Wicklow but had done a bit with East Coast radio when he was a teenager, reporting sports. He got a three-day per week posting with the New Ross Standard in 1992.

He began working in RTE and in December 1996 was appointed South East correspondent. He lived in the city for two years before moving to Passage East.

Damien has been a member of Gaultier GAA since then, both as a player and as a coach, and he's also a playing member with Park Rangers AFC where he has also been club chairperson.

He's a former chair of the Passage East and Croke Development Association and has been chair also of the Waterford & District Junior Soccer League. He is currently vice-chair.

On top of all this, Damien has also been chairman of the National Union of Journalists' South East branch for the past 20 years.

Deise Today with Damien Tiernan airs weekday mornings from 10am on WLR.


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