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Prof Nolan AwardA Waterford professor was honoured at a prestigious awards dinner in New York last night (Thursday, 12 Sept). Professor John Nolan was named among the 2019 Healthcare & Life Sciences 50 announced by Irish America magazine at the Metropolitan Club in Manhattan. The list celebrates excellence by Irish and Irish-American leaders in fields such as medical care; pharmaceuticals; biotechnology; medical devices; research and development and life sciences venture capital. 

Prof Nolan is a Howard Chair in Human Nutrition Research and is founder and director of the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland (NRCI). He is also the Principal Investigator of the Macular Pigment Research Group (a specialised group within this centre). The NRCI is part of the School of Health Science at Waterford Institute of Technology’s Carriganore campus, where the Howard Foundation UK has invested in research infrastructure, people and studies. 

Presenting the awards, Patricia Harty, editor, Irish America, said: “Prof Nolan is an inspiration to all of us. His work is truly revolutionary, especially in the area of nutritional supplementation for visual function. He and the others we recognise and celebrate with our Healthcare & Life Sciences 50 do incredible work with huge positive impacts on the lives of countless people around the world.

“Their efforts are inspirational - not least for how they persevere in the face of inevitable setbacks. We are very proud to celebrate them and their accomplishments across diverse sectors - all linked by improving health outcomes and pushing the boundaries of science.”

Prof Nolan said: “I’m obviously delighted and humbled to be celebrated in this way. The enduring links between Ireland and the USA are something we should never take for granted and my own research has benefited hugely from collaborating with colleagues at world-leading American universities going back to my time as a Fulbright Scholar in the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. In accepting the award, I am also very conscious that I do so on behalf of great teams of people in Waterford and elsewhere that I have worked with and continue to work with.” 

The Carrick-on-Suir man’s research focuses primarily on the impact of targeted nutrition on vision and cognitive (brain) function. In 2011, he won a European Research Council grant that funded two major clinical trials titled Central Retinal Enrichment Supplementation Trials (CREST). Later showcased as examples of EU-funded research and innovation making a difference in everyday life, the research identified how targeted nutrition can improve visual function in the general population and among those with age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

As well as publishing more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers on his specialised area, Prof Nolan has helped establish two sister laboratories in the United States (at Duke University and University of California San Diego where he completed a five-month sabbatical in 2016-‘17). He chairs a biannual conference at Downing College in Cambridge and has edited a special issue of Molecular Nutrition & Food Research as well as having editorial roles at the European Journal of Ophthalmology and the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Current studies led by Prof Nolan at the NRCI are investigating the link between nutrition and brain health and function, with important implications for Alzheimer’s disease.

WIT new buildingA planning application has been submitted to Waterford City and County Council for a new building for Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) main campus on the Cork Road in Waterford.

The proposed 12,800 m2 Engineering, Computing and General Teaching building is the largest of one of 11 state-of-the-art projects announced in 2017 as part of a Project Ireland 2040 investment in institutes of technology.

Described as a ‘living, learning laboratory’ the new high energy performance building will include workshops, laboratories, classrooms, lecture theatres, research space, tutorial rooms, training rooms and administration offices. It will give students in the Schools of Engineering, Science & Computing and Humanities access to state-of-the-art infrastructure and a modern student environment.

The building will be a cornerstone in the future development of the Technological University for the South East. WIT President Prof Willie Donnelly said: “The institute welcomes the announcement of this significant investment in the general education, engineering computer science building which is an important investment for the technological university for the south east. The new building is the largest single infrastructure investment in the institute and will enable the institute to continue to develop a multidisciplinary curriculum in science, engineering and the creative arts in line with the best international third and fourth level education."

"WIT continues to experience strong growth in student numbers in these three areas right up to PhD level. The new building will not only provide these students with state-of-the-art facilities, it will also support the strategic development of training, research and innovation with our regional and international industry partners enabling further economic growth in the region through these collaborations. Through convergence with industry and an internationally recognised model for TUs it will define the educational framework for the TU, and enhance our future offering to the region,” Prof Donnelly continued.

Dr Ken Thomas, Head of the School of Engineering said the new facilities will be key to educating in-demand engineers at undergraduate level and upskilling engineers through flexible and postgraduate programmes. As part of its portfolio WIT recently introduced a common engineering honours degree. In addition a range of flexible options are in demand with working engineers and their employers wishing to bring their upskill in next generation technologies.

“The new facilities will greatly enhance WIT’s education, training, research and innovation activities. It is required urgently to address the skills needs in the medium and long-term and is key to ensuring that the city and the region has the engineering and computing talent and capability for a range of essential business sectors.”

The building is included in the Department of Education and Skills’ Public Private Partnership (PPP) Programme. The parties involved include the Department of Education and Skills, the Higher Education Authority, the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) and WIT.

Taylor McCarney Architects which specialises in educational buildings and also completed NUI Galway’s engineering building has been appointed to the project.

LEO David WalshFrom October 31st how we trade with the UK will change profoundly. Waterford companies that trade with the UK will need to take steps to mitigate the impact of trading with a non-European Union country and once the UK leaves the Customs Union, it will be regarded as a “Third Country.”

Importing and exporting procedures, customs compliance, goods classification, goods transit and tariffs will, in the event of a no-deal Brexit be subject to the rules of trade with a “Third Country.”

If your company trades with the UK or your supply chain is partly dependent on the UK, there are some practical supply chain management steps that should be taken to mitigate the impact of Brexit.

The first step advised is to review operations and to determine what level of dependence there is on goods or services that come through or from the UK. This includes where businesses indirectly source materials, stock and ingredients, or any other types of goods through a distributor or wholesaler.

Des Colbert of Colbert Engineering, a Waterford based company which manufactures small turned components said, “There is a huge amount of preparatory work that needs to be done ahead of Brexit, regardless of a deal or no deal. Whilst we endeavour to use indigenous materials where we can, we source some of our materials from the UK. We’ve been in touch with our distributors seeking assurance that there will be a continuation of supplies.”

“Despite assurances, it is a very worrying time for business as it’s hard to ignore the warnings of significant disruptions and long delays at UK ferry ports and what the repercussions will be on a local level.”

Businesses are also advised to check with suppliers to determine if their supplies from non-UK companies are transiting through the UK, as there may be delays and cost implications such as supply, customs, tariffs and related impacts. It may be prudent to consider sourcing goods or services in Ireland or other EU countries, if at all possible, as it will mitigate the anticipated disruption to the supply chain in the event of a no deal Brexit.

Richie Walsh, Head of Enterprise at Local Enterprise Office Waterford said that it is imperative Waterford companies prepare for disruption in their supply chains.

“It is undoubtedly a worrying time for businesses that are dependent on the UK for materials, goods and services. The anticipated disruption has been well publicised, and it is in local businesses best interests to be aware of the consequences of Brexit and be prepared to investigate alternative sources, or at the very least seek assurances from UK wholesalers and distributors.”

“Local Enterprise Office Waterford is working closely with third party agencies to help businesses navigate the Supply Chain Management dilemma. We have a panel of mentors and industry experts who are available to meet with Waterford businesses to highlight the potential supply chain challenges and prepare a strategy to address these challenges. While it’s not a topic that many companies will enjoy addressing, it unfortunately, is the reality of a no-deal Brexit.”

If you have any queries regarding your business and Brexit, talk to LEO Waterford #BrexitReady advisor, David Walsh, by calling 0761 102 905 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Prepare Your Business For Customs

From October 31st how we trade with the UK will change profoundly. Importing and exporting procedures, customs compliance, goods classification, goods transit and tariffs will, in the event of a no-deal Brexit be subject to the rules of trade with a “Third Country.”

Once the UK leaves the Customs Union, it will be regarded as a non-European Union country, so therefore Waterford companies need to prepare for dealing with a post-Brexit UK.

Local Enterprise Office Waterford will host a free #BrexitReady Customs Export & Import Procedures workshop on Friday, September 13th, that will focus on the potential impacts, formalities and procedures Waterford businesses will need to adopt when trading with a “Third Country.”

Regardless of a hard or soft Customs Brexit, goods to and from the UK or transiting through the UK, will be subject to strict compliance and documentation requirements. Waterford businesses that move goods into and out of the UK will have a customs requirement and will need to understand the new customs paperwork, how to classify their goods and understand what their potential duty cost will be.

Kathryn Kiely of Glazik said, “Brexit has the potential to hurt a lot of small businesses and it is now imperative that we prepare ourselves as best we can. At a minimum, we should be informing ourselves of the main issues and taking steps to address them in the context of our own businesses. I’d urge any Waterford companies, regardless of their size or scale, to get informed about customs issues and put measures in place to get their business Brexit Ready.”

Customs declarations will be required to move goods from Ireland to the UK and vice versa. In order to operate within a customs regime, it is necessary to obtain an Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) customs number.

An EORI number is a registration and identification number that EU based businesses will need in order to import or export of goods in or out of the EU, and in the case of a no-deal Brexit, will apply to trade with the UK.  Irish companies that trade goods with the UK should obtain an EORI through Revenue’s Online Service (ROS).

Customs Duty will apply to the import and export of goods to and from the UK. Customs Duty, unlike VAT is not recoverable and will present an additional cost of import. Therefore, it is imperative that the correct classification codes are applied to goods to and from the UK. Intertrade Ireland provides a comprehensive guide to help classify your goods to the appropriate code at www.intertradeireland.com/brexit/

In the event of a no-deal Brexit standard rate VAT (currently 23% for ROI) will apply to the import of many goods from the UK into Ireland and will be payable at the time of import of the goods into Ireland unless reliefs apply.

Business should quantify the potential cash flow impact of a no-deal Brexit and explore options to manage the impact such as setting up a VAT and Duty payment deferment account. Following October 31st, postponed accounting for VAT at the point of entry will become available to all Irish registered importers. You can find out more at www.revenue.ie/

Richie Walsh, Head of Enterprise at Local Enterprise Office Waterford said that the uncertainty surrounding Brexit necessitated this Brexit Ready workshop. “There is a lot of vagueness surrounding the implications of the UK leaving the Customs Union on October 31st. Brexit will have an impact on us all and especially on Waterford companies that trade with the UK. Preparing and laying the groundwork for Brexit should make the challenges the October 31st deadline brings more palatable.”

“Export Edge, which will facilitate the workshop, is a leading company in helping companies navigate the maze of trade and customs procedures, keep abreast of compliance responsibilities and mitigate costly delays and penalties. That why this workshop is a must to help Waterford companies get Brexit Ready.”

To book your place on the Local Enterprise Office Waterford Customs Export & Import Procedures workshop, Friday, September 13th, visit www.localenterprise.ie/Waterford

Attendance is free but early booking is essential.

If you have any queries regarding your business and Brexit, talk to LEO Waterford #BrexitReady advisor, David Walsh, by calling 0761 102 905 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Winterval17 03Santa is returning home to the atmospheric Choristers’ Hall for the 8th annual Winterval, Ireland’s largest Christmas festival. Tickets for the brand new Santa experience, as well as other selected Winterval favourites — Winterval on Ice and the Winterval Express Train — are now on sale at www.winterval.ie. The full programme of events for Winterval 2019, running from 23 November – 23 December, will be revealed in October.

Momentum Events, Waterford event creation specialists, will produce the captivating Santa experience in Santa’s Medieval Chambers in the 13th century Choristers' Hall located in the Medieval Museum, located in the Viking Triangle. Visitors can expect to be transported through enchanted realms as they enter from The Mall to begin their journey to meet Santa and his helpers.

Festival Director, Tommie Ryan said: “We are delighted to reveal that there will be a very special Santa experience for Winterval 2019, as his grotto returns to the stunning medieval settings of Choristers’ Hall and the adjacent Mayor’s Wine Vault this year. This will be a magical experience for both children and adults. For those visitors who want to start planning and booking their overnight stay in Waterford for Winterval, or for those who simply want to be prepared, tickets for this year’s enchanted Santa’s grotto event are now on sale, as well as festival favourites Winterval on Ice, at Waterside Car Park, and the Winterval Express Train.

“As Ireland’s Christmas Capital, Waterford city will be transformed into a very special winter-wonderland from 23 November to 23 December with a mix of old favourites and new never-before-seen events planned for 2019. With ticketed and free events on offer, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The full programme will be unveiled in October, so keep your eyes peeled for all the details on our social platforms.”

Bookings for the Winterval Express Train is now open at www.winterval.ie, and there are limited early bird tickets for Winterval on Ice, priced at €9, also on offer.

The full programme, which will include some exciting new additions this year, will be launched in October with lots of free and ticketed family friendly events.

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

Munster Maths Science Fair

More than 50 exhibitors have now confirmed their participation in the annual Munster Maths and Science Family Fair which is being held on Sunday 13th October in Mallow this year. Chairman of the organising committee, Mr Tom Cronin of Mallow Development Partnership, today announced the biggest number of participants in the fair’s nine year history and was also pleased to confirm the Fair would remain as ‘FREE ENTRY’ to the public on the day.

The Munster Maths and Science Family Fair is held at the superb Mallow GAA Sports Complex in Carrigoon which in previous years comfortably accommodated the circa 5,000 attendees. The main body of exhibitors are housed indoors in the huge sports hall, and there will also be some outdoor exhibits this year which will include emergency response vehicles and drone flying demonstrations.

As with previous years, the fair again hosts a wide range of fun activities which can be enjoyed by all ages and includes interactive demonstrations, science experiments, robotics, 3D visuals, microscopes, puzzles, and many more exciting displays.

Organised by Mallow Development Partnership, this popular annual event is sponsored by Cork County Council through the Economic Development Fund. The event is also supported by the Irish American Partnership and Mallow Credit Union.

Members of the Chamber are encouraged to invite their staff and their families to visit the event and entry is free. For more information, check on the event Facebook page or contact Freddie at 087 9805951 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Harvest2Young foodies and aspiring chefs will flock to the Waterford Harvest Festival this weekend, with an abundance of FREE events for families taking place from 6 – 8 September. Having just been named Foodie Destinations 2019 winner by the Restaurants Association of Ireland, Waterford will showcase its gourmet status at the annual festival, with free cooking demonstrations, markets and workshops for all the family. Full details are available at www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie.

Festival Director, Tommie Ryan said: “We are delighted to kick off another exciting Harvest Festival this weekend. Waterford has just been announced winner of Foodie Destinations 2019 because of its sense of local awareness, pride and passion for food tourism… and Harvest epitomises just that. This weekend is for all the family to enjoy, with over 70 free and ticketed events.

“We urge everyone to don their walking shoes or grab their bikes, as the Greenway Grazing food market opens the festival with food stalls dotted along the Waterford Greenway to celebrate the launch of Fáilte Ireland’s new #TasteTheIsland campaign. There will also be fantastic cooking demos throughout the weekend by celebrity chefs Edward Hayden and the GastroGays, as well as well-known local chefs at the Dawn Meats Demo Tent. From drama workshops to cake making; drum circles to science fairs, there is a huge mix on offer to keep kids entertained.”

Further free highlights include the Festival Market, located at Arundel Sq./Michael Street, showcasing Irish products across the weekend. The Copper Coast Market will feature local artists and food producers at the Applemarket on Saturday. Experience the handmade produce of exciting start-ups at the South East Makers Market, located on Broad Street, Friday to Sunday; and the Food the Waterford Way Market and Demos at the Applemarket on Sunday, featuring some of Waterford’s finest producers.

Paddy Casey performs a free concert in the Churchyard, Bailey’s New Street on Saturday; the SE2 Music Stage at Arundel Square puts on three days of live music, while the festival favourite Blaa Eating Competition is on the Sunday. Expect music and fun at the Cultural Quarter Block Party at Tully’s on O’Connell Street on Friday.

LiveWell Day takes place on Friday, offering young children the chance to experience yoga, pilates, massages and dance workshops. The event is free however pre-booking is essential. Children can enjoy Drum Dance Ireland’s interactive drum show at Ballybricken Green and the Calmast Maths, Science and Technology Fair on Broad Street, both on Saturday and Sunday. A free chocolate biscuit cake-making workshop takes place at Carter’s Chocolate Café on Sunday.

The Team Ireland Butchery Demonstration takes place on Sunday, with the team representing Ireland at the World Butchery Challenge in California in 2020 displaying their world-class butchery skills in the Dawn Meats Demo Tent, John Roberts Sq.

Ballybricken Fair will put on woodcarving demos, an educational and interactive mobile farm, a fairground, and falconry at Ballybricken Green on both Saturday and Sunday.

There are pay-as-you-go events at Harvest 2019 such as a Mexican Day at No. 9 and the Meat Lovers Feast at the Bodega, both Saturday. Ticketed highlights this weekend include Celebrating Seaweed at Momo with the seaweed expert, Marie Power aka The Sea Gardener; and the Thai and Vietnamese Street Food Feast at Sabai.

For all details visit www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie or follow:

Facebook: @waterfordharvest

Twitter: @harvest_fest

Instagram: @harvest_fest

Waterford Food ProducersWaterford has been announced as the winner of Foodie Destinations 2019, an initiative run the Restaurants Association of Ireland and kindly sponsored by FBD Insurance. Waterford was announced as the winner of the competition at a ceremony in Mount Juliet, in Kilkenny, where the 2019 Finalists had gathered to hear the winners of Foodie Destinations 2019. Votes from the public were combined with a score from a judging visit to decide the overall winner. Taste Causeway came in second place, and The Food Coast Donegal came in third place.

Speaking about the entry from Waterford, the judges said that they were blown away by how much effort the community had put in to making Waterford a real foodie experience. They said there was a great sense of community evident on their visit, with both big and small local companies getting involved. There was great local awareness, as well as pride and passion, for food and food tourism in the area. They enjoyed seeing chefs and producers working so closely together to provide the best experience possible for visitors to the area.

Donegal Town were also announced as the winning Foodie Town 2019. The Foodie Town Award is given to towns or villages where Tourism is a primary component of the local culture and economy. The judges said there was a great variety of dining experiences, in addition to the hospitality and knowledgeability of the locals, and they also thought it was a clever idea to use the platform of the Wild Atlantic Way to help them stand out as a place to visit.a

Speaking at the ceremony, CEO of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, Adrian Cummins said “I’d like to offer a massive congratulations to Waterford. It’s clear that a huge amount of time and effort has gone into making it a foodie destination worth visiting and it is clear that it is a very co-ordinated effort run by people who are passionate about food in Waterford. I’d also like to congratulate the other finalists: it’s not easy to get this far, and all of the applications were very impressive. Each and every finalist should be very proud of getting so far.”

Patrick Carey, Business Development Manager in FBD Insurance said, “FBD Insurance are once again proud to sponsor the Foodie Destinations Award in 2019. The spirit of the Irish agri-food business is thriving and we are delighted to be associated with an event that nurtures, supports and champions the stellar work and high quality food that is produced from local, Irish communities and businesses. Like many of the businesses and groups involved in the Foodie Destination awards, our commitment is to the local communities and businesses that we work alongside as a partner in their business success.  

Yet again this year, the competition and quality of the entrants has been extremely strong. The passion and pride of each entrant shines through and represents what it truly means to be a Foodie Destination and importantly – proudly Irish.

I would like to congratulate Waterford as the winner of Foodie Destination 2019, Donegal as Foodie Town of the year and all the finalists on their outstanding efforts in this competition and continued contribution to the Irish agri-food business.”

Bishops Palace Masterpiece in GlassBuilding on the success of recent imaginative attractions in Waterford, the Bishop’s Palace is about to become home to an original and innovative visitor experience on early glassmaking in Waterford.

The new re-enactor tour will be led by Susannah Penrose, granddaughter of one of the original founders of the Penrose Glass Factory. Her mother, Elizabeth Penrose’s beautiful shell cabinet, featuring a menagerie of delicate glass animals, was returned to Waterford City in 2014 and now forms the centrepiece of the exhibition as a direct link to the family. The museum itself has been revamped in recent weeks, with new installations of delicate glassware, fine silver and exotic porcelain to give visitors a real taste of the wealth and finery of upper-class eighteenth-century living.

The finale of the tour will feature a seventeen minute 4D presentation created by Emagine in association with Waterford Treasures – a partnership which has, in the past, led to the hugely successful King of the Vikings, Waterford’s most popular visitor attraction. Here, Elizabeth Penrose will take over from her daughter to continue telling the story of their family, and the foundation of the glassworks. The exhibition promises to bewitch and enthral visitors, taking them on a journey across the history of glassmaking in Waterford, featuring some familiar faces along with some new ones. The experience will immerse guests in the culture of eighteenth and nineteenth century Waterford, through the eyes of a young Quaker girl who witnessed the burgeoning economic and creative prosperity of the city first-hand.

The exhibition was officially opened by John Halligan TD, Minister of State for Training and Skills. The opening day featured a summer cocktail reception, and two short lectures on early and modern glassmaking in Waterford City before visitors experienced the new installations at the Bishop’s Palace. Dr. Audrey Whitty, Head of Collections and Learning at the National Museum of Ireland spoke about the Penroses and their lasting legacy in the city, while Dr. John M. Hearne discussed the master craftsmen of the twentieth century and the impact the modern Glass factory has over modern Waterford. The day was a celebration of generations of glassmakers in the city, their work and their lives, and of that fine craft which put Waterford on the international map.


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