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Waterford Student Enterprise Expo 2018The breadth of talent is amazing at the 4th Waterford Student Enterprise Expo on the morning of Thursday December 13th with over one hundred businesses showing their enterprise ideas, products and services.

Nearly 1,000 students started the Local Enterprise Office’s Student Enterprise Awards in September of last year and now these students from fifteen secondary schools in Waterford will showcase their business ideas to the public from the W.I.T. Arena in Carriganore.

All are welcome to attend, and to meet the students and see the new innovations and business ideas. WLR fm’s Eamon Keane will be broadcasting Deise Today live from the event between 10am and 12 noon.

100 businesses created by transition year students from Ring, Lismore, Dungarvan, Tramore and Waterford City will be represented at this bigger and better Waterford Student Enterprise Expo, hosted by the Waterford Local Enterprise Office.

Richie Walsh of the Local Enterprise Office commented on the importance of the event, “The Expo gives the students a wonderful opportunity to experience interacting with the public and communicating their ideas.”

“We at the Local Enterprise Office in Waterford would like to invite everyone along to this FREE event on the morning of Thursday December 13th in the W.I.T. Arena. Every corner of the county will be represented, so we hope there will be lots of visitors from all over Waterford.”

The students, schools and Local Enterprise Office appeal to the public to visit the Student Enterprise Expo to support the work they have put into their businesses and encourage their efforts. Keep up to date with the students’ progress on the Waterford, Student Enterprise Awards Facebook page or follow the event on Twitter via #WfdStudentExpo.

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..  

Lions Club Christmas Concert Launch

Waterford Lions Club Annual Carol Concert in aid of the Hamper Appeal for the St Vincent de Paul, Saturday, 15th December in the Cathedral of the Most Trinity.

Speaking at the launch Kevin O'Carroll said, "I am delighted to once again direct the concert which is part of Waterford at Christmas. The inclusion this year of the large Waterford based choir Notable Works along with Ad Hoc Chorale, Waterford Male Voice Choir, WIT Youth Choir, Madrigallery Chamber Choir, Soul Song Gospel Choir and members of other South East based choirs ensures we will probably have the largest choir ever.

"As always, the WIT orchestra together with teachers and local professionals and experienced amateurs will make up the large orchestra." Kevin went on to say, "What especially pleases me is the Carol Concert provides young instrumentalists and choristers an opportunity to perform with a large group to a full cathedral. Such experiences do not come around that often."

The sponsers of this years concert are John P. O'Donohoe Solicitors.

Giving Tree Launch

After an amazing reaction last year it was with great excitement that The Mayor of Waterford City Cllr. Joe Kelly launched The Cartamundi Giving Tree on Thursday last in George's Court Shopping Centre in Waterford City Centre. The Giving Tree is a charitable initiative started by Hasbro in George's Court in 1986 which has become a wonderful example of local businesses and the community working together to help others at this time of year.

Mayor Kelly was delighted to launch this year’s Giving Tree as ‘a symbol of the wonderful community spirit that is found in Waterford City combining local businesses, families and the community working together to help those in need’. He paid tribute to the efforts of Cartmundi and George's Court in maintaining ‘this unique Waterford Christmas tradition which embodies the true meaning of Christmas’.

Families, Local Schools and Children are asked to get involved by making Christmas Tree Decorations and to bring them in and hang them on the Giving Tree in the centre of George's Court Shopping Centre. Each decoration will be matched by a game from Cartamundi to go to the Vincent De Paul for their Hampers for children who are in need this Christmas.

The Cartamundi Giving Tree at George's Court will be in place from Monday 10th December through the Christmas season until Thursday 20th December. Staff from Cartamundi will be on hand each day from 10am – 4pm and a free gift wrapping service will be in operation with donations going to the Childhood Cancer Foundation (www.childhoodcancer.ie).

The Cartamundi Giving Tree at George's Court is a real example of Waterford people and businesses coming together to make 2018 a special Christmas for sick, vulnerable and disadvantaged families of the area.

George's Court, St. Vincent de Paul and the Childhood Cancer Foundation were delighted that Cartamundi have come on so readily as sponsors of this year’s Giving Tree and are looking forward to another successful Christmas Season.

George's Court Shopping Centre is home to a range of local, national and international stores, cafes and restaurants for your shopping and leisure enjoyment in the heart of Waterford City since 1981.

Are you a school, nursery or crèche wishing to take part in the Cartamundi Giving Tree? Contact Clare Ludden on 051-331110 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

WIT Focus Ireland Christmas ConcertThe WIT Orchestra and BA (Honours) Music will celebrate its annual Christmas concert on Thursday, 6th December in the College Street Chapel, Waterford at 7.00pm.

People of Waterford are invited to come along and listen to a night of music and song from the most promising musicians in the region. Entrance is free and donations will be taken in aid of Focus Ireland.

“The concert is a must for anyone considering studying music at third level. It is a family friendly event, with an early start and great variety in the music played. The concert presents a wonderful opportunity to listen to the fruits of students’ hard work over weeks of rehearsals,” said Dr Hazel Farrell, Programme Leader on the BA (Hons) Music. Members of the WIT orchestra and undergraduate students on the music degree will showcase their talent, performing a wide-ranging programme from traditional and jazz standards, to contemporary compositions and recognisable classical songs and melodies.

The concert is organised and promoted by the BA (Honours) Music students. Second year student Seán Cunningham is involved with running the concert. He says: "it’s fun and gives us a chance to perform so our families can come and see what we’re doing. The concert gives us a focus point for our rehearsals during the semester. Come along and join students and staff of WIT for an evening of music. All proceeds in aid of Focus Ireland."

Focus Ireland has provided homeless support in Waterford for 18 years. In the last year Focus Ireland has helped 491 households in Waterford who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Focus Ireland helps people by providing vital support though long and short term housing provision, housing advice, information and advocacy, education and training and childcare and residential support.

WIT Arena WinnersThe WIT Arena received the top award of ‘outstanding’ and was short listed from the winners of this section to go on to win the Overall Best Fitness Facility for the second year in a row

The annual Ireland Active awards took place in Druids Glen Wicklow recently with the WIT Arena retaining its title as the ‘Overall Best Fitness Facility in Ireland’. Ireland Active is the governing body which set standards, policies and procedures in the Health and Fitness Industry and is aligned with Sport Ireland to make Ireland a healthier nation.

The award structure is a nationally accredited Quality Award and is awarded under the criteria; achieved, excided and outstanding. WIT Arena received the top award of ‘outstanding’ and was short listed from the winners of this section to go on to win the Overall Best Fitness Facility for the second year in a row. The award is based on external audits carried out by Ireland Active. Facilities are marked under the following headings; health and safety, HR procedures, customer service, inclusion, standard, hygiene and cleaning.

Speaking after receiving the award WIT Arena manager John Windle couldn’t hide his delight; ‘We are thrilled to win this award for the second year in a row. I credit this continued success to the high standards we set ourselves and which our excellent team deliver daily. I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of all the team at the WIT Arena.’

The WIT Arena opened its doors in 2016 and since then has seen almost half a million people through its doors. As well as their successes with Ireland Active the WIT Arena also scooped the ‘Nutramino Health & Fitness’ Award Winner for best in Retail in a Gym/Leisure Centre earlier this year.

The WIT Arena is a €20 million state of the art facility which opened its doors to students, staff and the general public in September 2016.

As well as serving as a resource for the Department of Sports and Exercise Science, the 2,000-person capacity WIT Arena is a popular sports facility for students and a valued addition to the region as a conference, meetings, entertainment and sporting venue.

A free shuttle bus links the WIT Arena and WIT’s campuses.

The Sport Scholarship Programme at WIT is aimed at supporting high performance athletes in a wide range of sports. The support services offered include: WIT Arena High Performance Unit, academic support, sport science, medical and personal development are all tailored to help the athletes reach their potential. Last year a new “Emerging Talent” Scholarship package was been announced that will allow more students to benefit from the scholarship programme’s support structures.

Waterford Creative Christmas Gift Shop

Waterford Creative are launching their Christmas Gift Shop on December 1st!

Come and meet some of the 10 local creatives who have started their own businesses right here in Waterford - Find out all about the different items they have designed, produced and created.

We will have tastings and a chance to meet and chat with the local business owners about their products and their stories.

We have something for everyone from food and drink to jewelry, cards and unique art to beauty products, viking accessories to purses and clothing. 

You could very easily pop into the cabin and come out with everyone crossed off your Christmas list!

Waterford Creative is part of Winterval Waterford and is supported by Waterford Chamber Skillnet.

Saturday, 1st December from 3.00-4.30pm at Cathedral Square, Waterford.

Rotary Memorial TreeWaterford Rotary launches its 21st Memorial Christmas Tree with two ways to remember this season

This Christmas marks the launch of Waterford Rotary Club’s 21st annual Memorial Christmas Tree at John Robert’s Square in Waterford City in support of Waterford Hospice.

The Memorial Tree Appeal, officially launched by Mayor of Waterford Councillor Declan Doocey will, as always, be a central feature in Winterval, Ireland’s largest Christmas Festival.

This Christmas, people will have two ways to remember their loved ones while supporting Waterford Hospice. They can of course visit the Memorial Tree in John Roberts Square or one of the popup locations, and they can also record their memory online.

Dr. Donal Tully, President of Waterford Rotary Club said, “For 21 years the Waterford Rotary Club Memorial Christmas Tree has been central to Christmas in Waterford. Most of us have been touched by the wonderful work Waterford Hospice does in our community and we are delighted to support them again this Christmas.”

Anyone who would like to be part of this proud tradition and support the invaluable work of Waterford Hospice, can purchase a ribbon at the tree in John Roberts Square or at one of the popup locations, or can sponsor a light and record a memory by logging on to www.waterfordhospice.ie/memorialtree.

The Memorial Tree will be open in John Roberts Square over the next two weekends (Nov. 30th to Dec. 2nd and Dec. 7th to 9th) and again from Dec. 13th until Christmas Eve from12 noon daily. Popup locations will be open at Caulfield’s Supervalu The Hypercentre (Dec 14th & 15th); Waterford Shopping Centre Lisduggan (Dec. 8th & 15th); Quish’s Supervalu Tramore (Dec 14th); and Ardkeen Quality Food Store (Dec 15th).

In 1998 the first Christmas Memorial Tree appeal was established by the Rotary Club of Waterford to help raise funds for the development of a 20 bed Regional Palliative Care Unit on the grounds of University Hospital Waterford. To date the initiative has raised over €400,000 for Waterford Hospice.

As well as raising much needed funds in Waterford for the Hospice Movement, the Memorial Tree Appeal provides people with a means of remembering their loved ones in a dignified and meaningful manner. Over the years, the Memorial Christmas Tree Appeal has become synonymous with the celebration of Christmas in Waterford and enjoys widespread support from the public.

Europe Direct BrexitOver 100 people of all ages from Leaving Cert students to Senior Citizens gathered in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) last Friday (23 November) to discuss Ireland and the EU – Moving beyond Brexit at a public meeting organised by Europe Direct Waterford in partnership with WIT, The European Commission Representation in Ireland and the European Movement Ireland.

The audience listened to a panel of key players and experts; Gerry Kiely, Head of EU Commission Representation in Ireland, Deirdre Clune, MEP, Dr. Mary C. Murphy, Lecturer in Politics in University College Cork (UCC) and Gerard Arthurs, Lecturer in International Relations and Politics at WIT outline what Brexit will mean for Ireland and Europe.

In his opening address Gerry Kiely, Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland, said "Brexit will have an impact on all countries in Europe, but none more so than Ireland. In addressing these challenges, the European Commission has been very clear. We stand full square behind Ireland, including with regard to the absolute necessity of avoiding the return of a hard border on the island of Ireland."

Speaking next and giving the view from Brussels, Deirdre Clune, MEP for Ireland South, said “the draft Withdrawal Agreement agreed by EU and UK negotiators and backed by the UK Cabinet last week is a significant step forward in the Brexit process. Even with the best possible agreement, it is still the case that the UK is leaving the EU and this will bring change. It is important that Ireland is ready for that change, for our citizens and our businesses. We will continue our preparations for all scenarios.”

She added, “EU and UK negotiators have worked really hard to get to this point. We are particularly grateful to Michel Barnier and his team. However, there is still a lot of work to do. Having a withdrawal agreement in place is essential to avoid the UK crashing out of the EU at the end of next March. We hope that we can now look ahead towards the future relationship and focus on the considerable work that is required in agreeing it.”

Waterford native Mary C. Murphy, a Lecturer in Politics, UCC who was delighted to speak to an audience in her home City outlined some of the challenges ahead for both Ireland and the EU: “The UK decision to leave the EU has resulted in profound political and economic challenges which will continue to impact on Ireland for many years to come. There will also be new and similarly challenging times ahead as the EU adjusts to life without the UK and sets course on a future informed by new policy priorities and altered political landscapes. Ireland and its citizens will be asked to contribute to discussions and dialogues about Eurozone reform, security policy, the EU's budgetary framework and other issues, all of which will shape Ireland's future EU membership after Brexit.”

The discussion was ably moderated by Rory Harte of The European Movement who invited the audience to share their ideas, concerns and expectations on the topics at this pivotal time while history is unfolding. The engaged audience put a variety of questions to the panel on a wide range of topics including climate change, tax, CAP, the future shape of the European Parliament, polling day, engaging young voters, pensions for EU Citizens in the UK and the border in Northern Ireland.

In summary, Gerard Arthurs, Lecturer in International Relations and Politics, WIT stated: “We are living in turbulent times, with Brexit being perhaps the most pressing economic - and political - challenge to Ireland's positioning within the European family. As the relationship with our nearest neighbour and major trading partner undergoes a transformative realignment, this Citizens' Dialogue is a timely opportunity for the people of the Southeast to not only hear from, but more importantly to engage with, the European Commission and their political representatives.” Arthurs added: “Waterford Institute of Technology working with Europe Direct, Waterford is honoured to provide this platform for engagement. With European Parliament elections in May 2019, it is more important now than ever to have your voice heard.”

The Waterford Europe Direct Information Centre, based at Central Library, Lady Lane is a service which helps the public find answers to questions about the European Union. It offers information on all sorts of subjects related to the EU including your rights and opportunities as an EU citizen. It can provide direct responses to general inquiries and, if you have more detailed questions, signpost you to the best sources of information and advice at EU, national, regional and local levels.

Spraoi Winter WonderlandA brand new free Winter Wonderland attraction by award-winning street theatre company, Spraoi will be unveiled at Ireland’s largest Christmas festival, Winterval this Friday (30 November).

Waterford city’s Wyse Park is to be transformed into a magical walk-through experience at Ireland’s Christmas Capital — with large-scale effect toys, light, sound, music and mystical forest dwellers. It runs from 5pm-8pm on weekends until 23 December. See www.winterval.ie for more.

Festival Director at Winterval, Tommie Ryan, said: “This Winter Wonderland is set to be an impressive show. Spraoi are Ireland’s foremost spectacle producers, and we are incredibly fortunate to have them based here in Waterford where their performances attract local and national audiences.  

“Families and friends, old and young, will be amazed by the fascinating experience Spraoi deliver. We’d implore everyone to come and see it — entrance is via Manor Street — and to remember that admission is free. This is part of our continued commitment in ensuring both free and ticketed events of superb quality run throughout Winterval.”

Spraoi’s Winter Wonderland is one of more than 60 free and ticketed events at Winterval. Over 500,000 visitors are expected to attend the 2018 festival, running until 23 December.

Director at Spraoi, Mike Leahy said: “The city’s historic park will be transformed into a walk-through wonderland set against the ruins of the 12th century Benedictine Priory. We’ll be presenting the installation Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings until Christmas .”

Other events at Winterval 2018 include the brand-new Enchanted Christmas Santa Experience at the Old Postal Sorting Office; the Winterval Illuminates festive lights show; and the 12 Days of Winterval, presenting everything from spoken word to céilí dancing. There is also the big wheel experience Waterford Eye; the Winterval Express Train and Sleigh; and the many Christmas markets, craft fairs and workshops.

For full details, visit www.winterval.ie, or see:

Facebook: @WintervalWaterford

Twitter: @Winterval_WAT

Instagram: @winterval_waterford

An important step in choosing any career path is pursuing something you enjoy. To help prospective students with their CAO choices WIT’s Try Business Event on Wednesday, 5th December 2018 will give secondary school students the opportunity to try out a range of business disciplines to help them figure out which area of focus is for them.

Throughout the day the participants will be engaged in a variety of workshops based around a number of business related disciplines including accounting, finance, enterprise and social media marketing. Booking is essential at www.wit.ie/trybusiness.

This event is one of a number of ‘Try’ events run at WIT and follows on from College Awareness Week, a national initiative, and WIT’s Schools’ Open Day on 23 November. WIT Registrar and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr Derek O’Byrne says: “Helping students making the right choice for them is something we care strongly about at WIT."

WIT was the highest ranked institute of technology in The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 published on 4 November 2018, and in 7th place overall among 21 higher education institutes, up from 12th place the previous year.

The range of 70 CAO courses contains many standalone and specialist courses as well as a selection of common entry courses. To view the full 70 CAO Undergraduate programmes, visit www.wit.ie/cao.

 

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