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We The Internet

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) research centre TSSG is facilitating and participating in the ‘We, the Internet’ global citizen debate which will contribute to the future internet to empower citizens.

The debate, organised by Missions Publiques and an ecosystem of partners including TSSG at WIT are launching a Global Citizens’ Debate on the future of Internet that will engage hundreds of non-expert citizens worldwide. This first round will take place between 2018 and 2019, with hundreds of people meeting in 12 countries around the globe.

Participants from the South East of Ireland of all ages are required – whether they use the internet daily or not at all.

The activity is related to the SpeakNGI.eu project, the consultation project of the NGI (Next Generation Internet) initiative. This participation in the "We the Internet" global citizen debate is one of the consultative activities of SpeakNGI.eu.

Speaking about the Global Debate; Paul Malone, Researcher at Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) says “As part of the Next Generation Internet initiative, we recognise that the voice of the citizen is often unheard in defining the future Internet and the services it will deliver. This global debate is a great opportunity for civilians to have their say in how future iterations of the Internet should best serve society and its citizens.” The Ireland element of this global debate contributing to the future of the Internet will take place at WIT’s West Campus in early January 2019.

People interested in participating, should first fill out a 2-minute questionnaire available from: https://goo.gl/Y8namN and will be contacted by organisers.

The participants selected to partake in the Global Citizens’ Debate will receive a €100 gift voucher and lunch will be provided.

Please see http://wetheinternet.org/ for more information.

Lets Get Stenting

Health Equality For The South East (HEFSE) is beginning a new Hand On Heart activity to highlight a simple service addition that will dramatically improve regional cardiac care in the South East. 'Let's Get Stenting' is launching in Waterford this Sunday, 16th December at 2.00pm. 

Lets get stenting badgeHand On Heart is asking businesses to support the initiative by purchasing badges (€1 each) for their staff for continuous wear until Saturday, 19th January when an on-street support march is in planning for Waterford City to further highlight both the inadequacy of the present service cover and this simple service addition that can transform cardiac access for a large number of patients.

The leaflet below is for creating additional knowledge of the present service configuration at UHW and Hand On Heart ask businesses with public footfall to make available for dissemination – leaflets will delivered FOC.

Badges can be ordered by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by message to the HEFSE Facebook page at www.facebook.com\healthequityfse

Rotary 50 Years Anniversary

On Thursday 10th January, in Faithlegg House Hotel, Rotary will celebrate 50 Years in Waterford.

Donal Tully, President of the Rotary club said ‘we are delighted and honoured that Ambassador Daniel Mulhall has accepted our invitation to be guest speaker on this very special celebration for Rotary in Waterford.

Daniel Mulhall who was born and raised in Waterford city took up duty as Ireland's 18th Ambassador to the United States in August 2017. He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1978 and had his early diplomatic assignments in New Delhi, Vienna (OSCE), Brussels (European Union) and Edinburgh where he was Ireland's first Consul General, 1998-2001. He served as Ireland's Ambassador to Malaysia (2001-05), where he was also accredited to Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. In 2005, he was conferred with an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland for his work in connection with the Asian tsunami. From 2009 to 2013, he was Ireland's Ambassador to Germany and from 2013 to 2017 he served as Ambassador to the UK.

The Rotary club of Waterford was founded in 1968 with many members of the club remaining for life. Rotary clubs are part of a global service organisation with over 33,000 clubs who bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service and advance goodwill and peace around the world. The Waterford Memorial Christmas tree appeal for Hospice now in its 21st year and was the first such campaign in Ireland. The club has supported over 70 local projects with club events including sponsored cycles, film nights, chef nights, fashion shows, buy a brick campaigns and many more.

Internationally, the Rotary foundation has been instrumental in the eradication of the Polio virus as well as many other global health and peace initiatives.

Tickets are available for this event and non-members are more than welcome to attend.  

For full details and bookings contact Sheila at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Red to WorkWaterford Chamber is delighted to support the WLR ‘Be a Little Star’ Christmas Appeal this year in association with the Society of the St. Vincent de Paul in the hope of raising funds which will go directly to the society’s ongoing services in the local community.

The ‘Be a Little Star’ campaign will run on-air on WLR throughout December and will consist of several key events this year. These events will include the previously popular ‘Red to Work’ day whereby hundreds of schools, companies and businesses in the city and county will wear red on Friday, 14th December in support of the appeal. All Chamber members are encouraged to sign up to take part through www.chritmasappeal.ie.

Waterford Chamber CEO, Gerald Hurley stated: “We are delighted to support such a worthy cause again this year, which provides such vital services to those less fortunate in our community. Christmas is a time of generosity and kindness and I am encouraging the Waterford business community to get behind this wonderful initiative.”

Roisin Ferris, WLR Events Manager for the appeal says “Christmas should be a time of great joy for everyone and we here at WLR relish in the festivities in December from playing Christmas music to passing on greetings to family and friends. However, there is another side to Christmas as many are living in hard times and we should not forget those in need at this time of year. Through our campaign we hope to inform the community of the many services the SVP provide locally and in turn assist in raising funds through a number of different events we host during the Christmas period.”

Funds raised through the 2018 Christmas Radio Appeal go towards food and fuel for the needy of the City and County but will also assist with the provision of many vital services the SVP provide. These services assist in ensuring;

  • Children in less well-off families have money for school books, uniforms and shoes. 
  • Students from disadvantaged homes are helped with college fees and transport. 
  • Low income families have access to suitable childcare that allows both parents work. 
  • The very real and increasing homeless problem that exists around the county is effectively tackled by the St. Vincent De Pauls Men’s Hostel.

The Christmas Radio Appeal will be hosted by WLR FM presenters and will run throughout the month of December. For a list of events see www.ChristmasAppeal.ie. You can also make a €4 donation by texting appeal to 50300.

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.

 

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