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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.

Ravens Pop Up Shop

Ravens Pop-Up Shop is an initiative from Retail Practice Students at Waterford Wexford ETB in aid of RNLI (Dunmore East), Barnardos (Waterford), Waterford Marine Search and Rescue, Guide Dogs for The Blind.

Cill Barra Operation TransformationOn a cold and dreary Monday evening in January, a large turnout of over eighty people commenced their Operation Transformation journey with Cill Barra Community Sports Centre.

The Operation Transformation Challenge was launched earlier this month as part of the Centre’s exciting new “focus on fitness” initiative for 2019, which aims to get the local community fit and healthy, while having fun in a relaxed group setting. It also set a collective weight loss goal of 1,000 lbs, the equivalent of 453 bags of sugar!

Those in attendance heard from mindset expert Shane O’Sullivan of Inspiring Excellence, nutrition expert Dietician Brendan Cullinan and fitness expert David Phelan from the Cill Barra Community Sports Centre. The talks from the health panel focussed on the importance of making small changes daily to help improve overall health and wellbeing, followed by a weigh-in for those who signed up to the 8-week programme.

The leaders and participants have already achieved a staggering 167.5 lbs weight loss after a successful first week of exercising and eating well. The Centre also hosted a group walk in the locality which was well attended by young and old and is now set to become a weekly activity, with all welcome to join in.

Leader Michelle Keohan is already feeling the benefits of the programme. “It has given me more energy and I feel so much better in myself and I’m making healthier food choices.”

According to Sinead Brannigan, Cill Barra Community Centre Manager, the programme has evolved into something greater then she could have imagined. “We know that we set ourselves a massive challenge but if we are helping one person to make a change for the better it will be worth it. Social connection is not something we can measure in numbers, but that being said, this programme definitely brings people together and encourages them to think a little more about introducing small healthy changes to their lifestyles.”

Sinead acknowledged the support of the business community, “Without doubt this programme would not happen if it wasn’t for the support of local businesses that are passionate about supporting a healthier Waterford city. Ball Cooperation, Jack Molloy, Walsh’s Bakehouse, Mulligans Pharmacy, UPMC Whitfield, Waterford Area Partnership, and the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at Waterford Institute of Technology have all gotten behind the initiative whole-heartedly and we’re very grateful for their invaluable support, advice and expertise.”

The Cill Barra Operation Transformation programme continues every Monday until March 11th and includes a weekly weigh-in and exercise session, with the weekly group walk taking place every Wednesday at 6.30pm.

Cill Barra Community Centre has also developed Teenage Workouts for 12 to 16 year olds. These workouts are aimed at teenagers unable to join a gym at present due to age restrictions.

If you wish to find out more information about gym memberships or lunchtime fitness classes, call 051-350800 for more information or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Port of Waterford New DirectorsShane Ross TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, has appointed two new directors to the board of the Port of Waterford Company following a competitive process managed by the Public Appointments Service.

William Johnston and Derry O’Sullivan will join the existing board members Joe Dreelan; Louise Grubb; John Kehoe; Mary Mosse; Frank Ronan, CEO and Des Whelan, chairman.

Mr Johnston recently retired as a partner with Arthur Cox Solicitors where he specialised in banking law, capital markets and regulation. A board member at the National Maternity Hospital and the Housing Finance Agency, he is a former chair of the Law Society’s Business Law Committee and former co-chair of the Banking Law Division at the International Bar Association.

Mr O’Sullivan is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers in Ireland. He holds a Masters in Industrial Engineering from UCD and spent much of his career in the southeast with Roadstone where he was Regional & Technical Director. He has also worked overseas and on marine projects in Ireland. A keen sailor, he was part of the Waterford host port team for The Tall Ships Races 2011.

Welcoming the new appointments which will be effective from February, Des Whelan, chair, Port of Waterford Co, said: “Both William and Derry are experienced senior professionals who bring a wealth of relevant business experience to the board. We look forward to working alongside them and drawing on their in-depth knowledge from the legal and engineering worlds respectively as well as tapping into the fresh insights they will bring.

“Frank Ronan, CEO, and his team continue to make great strides in growing and diversifying the Port’s business and the board is determined to support them in responding agilely to emerging opportunities.”

LiquidEdge WIFI Samples

LiquidEdge is a WIFI Marketing and Analytics solution to enable businesses to generate value from existing WIFI, turning IT infrastructure into sales and marketing tools. LiquidEdge is a Waterford-based company originating from WIT.

The WaterfordCityWIFI network that is currently available across Waterford City and which will be dramatically expanded upon in the coming year. The WIFI is a public resource and is free for the public to use. During the login process customers can be provided with information from the local council and local businesses, such as sites, bus timetables and local offers.

The service is primarily used by tourists to Waterford, who are here to explore Waterford and spend some money.

The service offers 6 advertisement slots (samples above) that can be purchased by local businesses only, and in this case exclusively to Waterford Chamber members.

Popular advertisements can be used to direct visitors to Waterford to also visit your premises, or to make use of your services.

In addition, if you host an Access Point in your premises, we can even measure the number of visits directly from ads viewed on the WaterfordCityWIFI network.

For the month of January, there are six FREE slots available for the whole month, to the first six businesses that get in touch.

The service is currently live in Dublin, Galway, Sligo, Carrick-on-Shannon, Monaghan, Knock and is being expanded to 25 towns/cities during 2019.

For further details, contact Steven Davy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 086 0505821.

A protest against the ongoing lack of 24/7 cardiac care is being organised for Saturday, 19th January starting from The Glen, Waterford at 2.00pm, to travel down Bridge Street, The Quay and finishing at John Roberts Square.

Cardiac Campaign groups HEFSE, 24/7 Cardiac Care for the South East and the South East Patient Advocacy Group (SEPAG) together with Waterford Council of Trade Unions are calling on all citizens in the south east to once again put their "Feet on the Street" in support of the ongoing campaign to deliver a comprehensive 24/7 cardiac care service at UHW and health equality for the South East region.

Discrimination continues for those accessing cardiac health services in the South East region. In 6 years and 2 Government administrations nothing has changed beyond delivery of an additional Cath Lab to Dublin to bring their total to 21units while mandating the south east region continues to suffer single lab access and a 39 hrs per week service!

Despite recent promises, no official order from the Department of Health, the Minister or the HSE has been made or enacted to increase cardiac access or implement 24/7 cardiac care at UHW. The recently published 2019-2020 HSE Capital Service Plan contains no budgetary provision for enhancement of cardiac services at University Hospital Waterford and neither is there provision in it to expand the services of the contract cath lab on-site at UHW to address the longest cardiac stenting list in the country!

The "South East Broken Hearts" campaign is calling for the delivery of regional 24/7 cardiac care and the immediate ending of "patient abuse" where cardiac patients undergoing a diagnostic procedure in the contracted modular cath lab at UHW are being denied follow-on invasive therapy where disease is identified and treatable!

We are asking for your support on January 19th to make Government hear our call! We also propose to take a clear message for health equality from the people of the south east to Dublin as a next step in March 2019!

Join with us on the 19th of January and let those entrusted with the care and protection of our lives and those of our loved ones know that we as citizens of this region will not ‘stand down’ until an end to patient abuse and our right to equal healthcare and 24/7 cardiac care in this region has been delivered!

We would ask people to please ‘Join us’ at The Glen on Saturday, 19th January at 1.45pm as the march is scheduled to begin at 2.00pm.


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