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Waterford’s new-look Apple Market officially opens with new life brought to one of the city’s oldest areas

 

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Cllr Pat Nugent, Mayor of Waterford City & County, today (5.30pm, Friday, July 21, 2017) officially opened the new-look Apple Market in the city following a multi-million euro investment that has seen the historic trading area transformed to a contemporary urban quarter.

 

A €1.2m steel and glass canopy now covers the one-time market and opens the area which has a high concentration of bars, restaurants and nightlife for multiple uses such as concerts, festivals, street theatre, markets and outdoor screenings.

 

Located in one of the oldest areas of Ireland’s oldest city, Waterford’s AppleMarket is situated between the city’s Viking and Norman walls.

 

The recently-completed public realm project has been spearheaded by Waterford City & Council with support from the European Union’s Regional Development Fund through the Southern Regional Assembly. The wider programme also covers Lady Lane, Colbeck St, Michael St, Arundel Square and John St with a view to improving public spaces through more of the city centre to the standard of the Viking Triangle.

 

Designed by Waterford-based dhb architects and with Murphy International Ltd of Kildare as main contractors, the dramatic triangular steel and glazed canopy structure sits on nine steel columns that are positioned to still facilitate certain traffic in the area.

 

A special reflective material developed by Medite in Co Tipperary is used on half of the 1,400 sq metres canopy which is over nine metres above the street at its highest. This creates a spectacular ‘mirrored ceiling’ effect over the area. The entire Apple Market has also been repaved with Portuguese granite and Leinster limestone with new services installed and all kerbs and steps removed.

 

Speaking at the opening, Cllr Nugent said: “The Apple Market is a real gem in Waterford but had become cluttered and fallen behind some of the rest of the city centre. This project has given it a huge boost and the work done here is of an exceptional quality that stands comparison with any urban area, not only in Ireland but more widely in Europe. This is another big step towards Waterford realising its full potential and a statement of confidence about our future.

 

“One of the real pluses for me of what has been delivered here is the flexibility it allows for different uses by day and night and at various times of year. The Apple Market is in many ways the city’s front room where people gather, whether it is to shop during the day or for entertainment at night. The reflective materials on the canopy have a really dramatic impact and are already a huge talking point with lots of people taking ‘selfies’ underneath it!”

 

Local bar and nightclub-owner, Jim ‘Flash’ Gordon of Revolution Bar is part of the Apple Market Trust which is bringing together local businesses to brand and promote the Apple Market and to stage shows in the new public space.

 

He said: “There was obviously a certain amount of pain since the construction work began last autumn but what we have now is a really first-class finished product and an area that we can be proud of and bold in promoting to locals and visitors. The new canopy has been a real attention-grabber for local people during the construction phase and it’s exciting to now see the finish. Waterford has already gained ‘purple flag’ designation as a safe and vibrant city centreand the Apple Market Trust is now committed to bringing this entertainment quarter to life with a wide range of family-friendly events to increase day- and night-time footfall.”

 

As well as dhb architects and Murphy International Ltd, the Apple Market project team included architects and engineers from clients Waterford City & Council; Frank Fox & Associates, civil and structural engineers; Nolan Construction Consultants, quantity surveyors; Douglas Carroll, consulting engineers; Carey Glass; Mealey Architectural Facades and Medite.

 
Waterford Airport to host Runway Run in September to honour the memory of Capt. Dara Fitzpatrick

 

Waterford Airport Run 1

 

An airport runway is not the typical place to find runners but for a brief time on Saturday September 16th, the runway at Waterford Airport will be teeming with precisely such people for The Dara Fitzpatrick Memorial Run. The run is a 5k run for charity on the runway used by Dara for ten years while based with Rescue 117 at Waterford Airport.

 

Many people in Waterford and the Southeast Region fondly remember Dara, so we couldn’t think of a better way to honour her memory as well as doing something very positive for charity. Dara made a big impact on this community and we want to make sure her memory lives on. The two charities are Touching Hearts and South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association.

 

Speaking at the launch and opening of registration for the run, one of the event’s organisers Ray Leahy said, “This is a unique opportunity for people to honour Dara's memory whilst also supporting local charities. It will be difficult and very emotional to run past the Coast Guard base used by Dara and out on to the runway.”

 

Niamh Fitzpatrick said: “Myself and my two sisters will be running the race and we really would love it to be a good turnout both for Dara’s memory and because proceeds go to two great causes – a children’s charity in Waterford Touching Hearts and South Eastern Mountain Rescue. Dara loved Waterford and the area held a special place in her heart. In her work with Rescue 117 she flew over the skies of all of Ireland, but mostly over the South East. So choosing two charities from this area would mean so much to Dara. During her life she helped both children in need and also people who needed rescuing from the mountains of Ireland, so it is fitting that she continues to do so even now."

 

The organisers also wanted to acknowledge and thank the great support of Waterford Airport, Irish Coast Guard, CHC Ireland and Waterford Airport Business Park.

 

Participants can register and find more information at dfrun.ie. The number of participants will be limited and those interested are advised to register early to avoid disappointment.

 

If you can’t join us but wish to donate, you can do so at dfrun.ie.

 

For further information go to dfrun.ie.

 
Waterside Car Park open to the public

 

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Waterford City and County Council is pleased to announce that the new Waterside Car Park is now open to the public and offers low cost and convenient car parking.

 

The new car park which will cater for over 300 cars is located within a short walking distance to amenities such as City Centre shopping, the Viking Triangle, the People's Park and offers low-cost short term or all day term parking – the parking rates are €1 per hour or €3.60 for all day parking.

 
Jim Moore appointed as Chairperson of the Governing Body of Waterford Institute of Technology

 

The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Richard Bruton, T.D., has appointed Mr Jim Moore as Chairperson of the Governing Body of the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT).

 

The appointment of Mr Moore follows an open call for expressions of interest run by the Public Appointments Service.

 

The Department of Education and Skills advised the Minister that Mr Jim Moore was the most suitable candidate to fill the position.

 

President of WIT Prof Willie Donnelly welcomed the appointment of a new Governing Body Chairperson. “Mr Moore is a member of the WIT governing body and chair of the institute’s audit committee. He has a deep commitment to the Institute and a track record in providing leadership in education both nationally and regionally. This leadership will be particularly important in helping the institute respond to the educational needs of the region and in particular to the development of our Technological University bid with IT Carlow.”

 

Institutes of Technology have a key role in driving regional development and jobs growth. Mr Jim Moore’s vast experience and knowledge, in the public, private and voluntary sectors, will ensure that WIT can be a strong driver of economic development and jobs growth in the South East region.

 

Mr Moore said he was pleased with the new appointment. “I look forward to continuing the work of the previous Chair and the President of WIT on attracting high quality jobs to the region.”

 

Mr Moore brings great experience from the public service and has board experience, including as chair. He is a business-owner, as founder and managing director of Haven Maritime, based in the South East. He is also a qualified engineer, with professional qualifications from Cork Institute of Technology, University College Dublin, University of Limerick, and the Institute of Public Administration. Mr Moore also has a strong education background, having served on Waterford/Wexford Education and Training Board, the National Parents Council, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment and Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI).

 

Minister Bruton welcomed the appointment:

 

“Institutes of technology have an important role to play in driving regional development and jobs growth. Through our regional skills strategy we will make Ireland the best in Europe at anticipating and responding to the rapidly changing need for talent and skills across all regions and sectors.

 

“Jim Moore has a proven track record of public service, both within and outside the education sector, and combines this with great private sector experience.

 

“IoTs have a key role in driving regional development and jobs growth. His professional experience and skillset means that he is the right person to ensure that Waterford IoT is equipped to anticipate and respond to changing skills needs in the South East. He will ensure that WIT can provide the skilled workers that are needed to ensure the future competitiveness and strength of the region.

 

“I wish Jim Moore well in his future role as Chair of the Governing Authority of Waterford Institute of Technology.”

 
€1.8m for WIT’s TSSG to develop smart grid for fisheries industry in Ireland and Wales

 

Pisces project launch 2017

 

Waterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) is the lead investigator in a €1.8m EU-funded project, piSCES, which will support the scientific investigation of the opportunities and risks posed by climate change on both sides of the Irish Sea.

 

Included is the deployment of technology to reduce energy costs and help businesses develop new products and processes will be investigated within the project.

 

The funding will be used to develop and test a new “smart grid” electricity network to help reduce energy costs for the fisheries industry in Ireland and Wales. TSSG are lead investigators on the piSCES project which will have a significant impact on the overall fisheries industry in Ireland. 

 

The piSCES project was launched in Dublin recently and followed the operations first Steering Group meeting held at the same location. Senator Paudie Coffey formally launched the piSCES Project, which involves innovative collaboration in the smart energy sector between WIT, Cardiff University, Bord Iascaigh Mhara and the Port of Milford Haven. It is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Cooperation programme.

 

Sean Lyons, Tech Lead at TSSG, opened the launch proceedings by saying, “I would like to acknowledge the support of the Interreg programme which has a strong track record in supporting regional development initiatives in the past and is now supporting new technologies and knowledge transfer to help meet our climate change obligations”.

 

As a former Minister of State in the Department of Environment, Senator Coffey helped steer the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act through the Oireachtas in 2015.

 

He discussed how piSCES relates to government policy in relation to skills, the environment and the low carbon economy as he officially launched the project.

 

Senator Coffey said “Ireland faces huge challenges in achieving their climate change obligations to reduce our carbon emissions - innovative projects like piSCES can help us achieve carbon reductions in specific industries like the fishing sector, by delivering smart energy management systems that benefits the industry itself and delivers on tangible carbon reduction in our economy.”

 

David Kelly, Assistant Director – EU Programmes Division of the Southern Regional Assembly also speaking at the launch said: "This project is a great example of how organisations collaborating across the Irish sea, with the support of EU Funds, can innovate together to assist SMEs address common challenges of reducing energy costs whilst also reducing their carbon footprint.”

 
Abhaile Information Evening

 

Abhaile

 

Abhaile is a new service to help homeowners find a resolution to home mortgage arrears. It provides free financial and legal advice and help from experts, which are available through MABS.

 

The aim of Abhaile is to help mortgage holders in arrears to find the best solutions and keep them, wherever possible, in their own homes. A dedicated adviser will work with the mortgage holder and the lender to find the best solution.

 

Date: Monday, 24th July

6:30pm – 7pm: Registration and refreshments:

7pm – 8pm: Information evening

Venue: Woodlands Hotel

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IN PARTNERSHIP WITH WATERFORD MABS, ISI & THE LEGAL AID BOARD

 
Fundraiser for 11th Waterford Film Festival

 

Waterford Film FestivalThis year marks the 11th Annual Event of the the festival! Since 2007 we have screened 500 films from local, national and international filmmakers.

 

The festival has supported writers with it's screenplay competition, in which the winners have received financial support and access to filming equipment and editing facilities with our partners at FilmLab. The value of the awards that we have given to filmmakers & writers since 2007 with Filmlab is over €30,000.

 

The festival has given many filmmakers their films first outing in which in many cases those films went onto screen in major film festivals around the World.

 

Since the foundation of the festival, thousands of people from across Ireland, UK, Europe and USA have attended the festival over the year's and many local business and hotels have financially benefited from the event.

 

We currently raising funds for the festival and for new progrmmes for filmmakers and writers. Check out our fundraiser at https://igg.me/at/watfilmfest

 

www.waterfordfilmfestival.net

 
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