EAT Waterford at Harvest Festival 2016


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A fusion of taste offered by eight Waterford restaurants


Following on from the success of last year’s debut at Waterford Harvest Festival, the EAT Waterford Taste Experience is back for 2016.


As part of the three day, jam packed food festival (September 9th to 11th), the EAT Waterford Taste experience, a collaboration between eight local restaurants, will create a five course taste extravaganza, served in one of Waterford’s finest cultural hubs, Greyfriars Church, in the Viking Triangle.


The restaurants behind the initiative, Bellissimo, Momo, The Olive Tree, Sabai, The Bistro at the Tower Hotel, Loko, Zak’s at Athenauem House Hotel and l’Atmosphere, are ardent supporters of local produce and will create the dishes using fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.


Stan Leslie, Proprietor of Loko is looking forward to the event. “We had a fantastic experience last year. All our sittings were sold out and I think the public really enjoyed the different elements brought to the courses by the different chefs. Despite each chef having a unique style and personality, the overall result was that it gelled well and, most importantly, presented a very vibrant food scene in our great City.”


“This year, we have added some new restaurants to the mix and we’re excited about the new dynamic. Waterford has a broad range of award winning restaurants, all punching above their weight. By coming together for this taste experience, not only can we showcase the breadth of great produce on our doorstep, but also the talent, commitment and enthusiasm that thrives in restaurants and their kitchens throughout the city.”


The EAT Waterford Taste Experience takes place at 8pm on Friday, September 9th and Saturday 10th and at 2pm on Sunday, September 11th.


Catherine Heffernan of Sabai is also happy to be involved in the Eat Waterford showcase event. “This year we have also added a casual lunch to the schedule. The Flavour Experience will be served on Saturday, September 10th at 2pm. This lunch will give diners the opportunity to enjoy even more food styles that our diverse local food scene has to offer whilst soaking up the atmosphere of the festival.”


“Added to the mix is the fantastic setting of Greyfriars Church. It’s bright, spacious, atmospheric and brimming with charm and we really do believe that it is going to bring an extra dimension to the whole dining experience.”


Tickets for both EAT Waterford events, the five course taste experience and the Flavour Experience (casual lunch) are €39 and €19 respectively and are available from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 051 874402 or online at


The 8th Waterford Harvest Festival takes place from Friday, September 9th to Sunday, September 11th and promises an exciting, eclectic three - day food and fun filled festival with over 100 events for all the family to enjoy.


To find out more the Waterford Harvest Festival full programme of events is available on Be sure to keep up to date on all things Harvest Fest by checking it out on Facebook and Twitter #Harvestfest16

Teresa Heffernan Mulcahy Fundraiser


Teresa Heffernan Mulcahy Fundraiser


As you might be aware my sister Teresa suffers from Cystic Fibrosis and unfortunately in recent years her health has deteriorated to a great extent. She requires full-time oxygen to breath and is in need of a lung transplant.


With a young family, ongoing trips to St. Vincents Hospital in Dublin and husband John needing to be her full time carer, the finanical burden is steep and constant.


The local community have been amazing with support and fundrasing activities. The latest of these is a Benefit Night in Dunphys Bar, Kill on Sat 27th August.


As part of this fundraisng drive I am hoping to use this GoFundMe page to appeal to anyone that knows Teresa but cannot be there on the night or maybe people who were not aware of her sitiuation and would now like help in some way.


I understand every person and families have difficulties of their own to deal with, but any contribution to the fund would be greatly appreciated. - Tony Heffernan


Donations can be made at

Opportunity to take part in TV Series "You Should Really See a Doctor"

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This summer Dr Pixie McKenna and Dr Phil Kieran are hosting free pop-up clinics at events around the country, offering on-the-spot consultations and health checks for their RTÉ One Television Series "You Should Really See a Doctor".


Once again Dr Pixie and Dr Phil are keen to examine the symptoms and ailments that are bothering the nation, the lumps, bumps, pains, aches, tingling and toilet troubles - whatever is irritating you or your family.


This year RTÉ will be bringing its Pop-Up Clinic to Waterford's Harvest Festival on Sunday, 11th September.


Applications are now being invited for participants. RTÉ are particularly interested in hearing in advance from people who have been avoiding the doctor, or who have researched their symptoms (or a family member's symptoms) online, but would like a real doctor's advice. 


Anyone wishing to apply, or to obtain further information, can contact 01 7088188 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Rents up nationwide by 34% since 2011



The goal of the Daft report is to use this information to help all actors in the property market make informed decisions about buying and selling. In addition, because it is freely available, the Daft report can help inform the media, the general public and policymakers about the latest developments in the property market.


The figures in this latest rental report show an increase in the average rent nationwide of 9.3% in the year to March 2016.


There is nothing sustainable about inflation in rents of 10% - considering the rate of inflation in the wider economy is close to 0%. If this situation persisted into the future, the average household would have to devote an ever greater share of its income, just to pay its rent. The rule of thumb about a household’s accommodation costs is that their accommodation costs, in the form of rents or mortgage payments, should not be greater than roughly one third of the household’s disposable income.


However, if we look at the rental market, we can see a growing disconnect between household incomes and prevailing rents. The average rent for a three-bedroom house in Waterford, though, has increased from on average €619 in 2015 to on average €699 in early 2016.


We know that investors involved in renting out accommodation require a net yield, or annual financial return, of at least 5%. The maths of finance means that once we know this, we can scale up from the monthly rent to construction costs. A monthly rent of €1300 converts into upfront construction cost of €260,000. And this brings up a second and more worrying point about the supply of homes in Ireland.


Even if the developer required land for free, it is not possible to build either a two-bedroom apartment or a three bed semi-detached house in Ireland currently for €260,000. So even before Ireland’s dysfunctional land market has its impact on affordability – and therefore on the volume of new construction – there is a fundamental problem in construction costs in Ireland being too high relative to our own incomes.


It is widely acknowledged that housing is one of the most pressing issues facing the new government. However, housing policy currently is dispersed across a number of departments and government organisations, including the Property Services Regulatory Authority, the Central Bank, the Housing Agency, the Department of Social Protection, the Department of Finance, the Department of the Environment, and local authorities, as well as others.


Ronan Lyons, Economist at Trinity College Dublin and auditor of the 2016 Q1 report, would suggest this involves establishing in a transparent way the details of the costs involved in building a two-bedroom apartment, a three bedroom semi-detached home, and four bed bungalows. Comparisons should also be made to Ireland 10, 20 and 30 years ago, to see the impact on costs of changes in regulations and specifications.


By doing this, and by doing it in a transparent way that can be improved by industry experts or others if better evidence emerges, this will firstly create a consensus on what has been a contentious issue of the past two years, namely the level of construction costs. Perhaps more importantly, this will also identify the three, four or five policy measures that would have the greatest impact in bringing construction costs back in line with real incomes. Until this measure is taken, there will be no clarity in housing policy around supply and more importantly there will to be an increasing mismatch between the new demand for homes of all forms, including rental, and their supply.


Summary – Munster


  • Urban-rural gap in Munster rent inflation once again.
  • All three Munster cities saw double-digit increases in the year to March, with Cork rents now just 0.7% below their previous peak in 2007
  • While urban rents have risen up to 40% since their lowest point, increases in rural Munster remain far more modest, with rents up by 11.5% from their lowest point in Tipperary.
  • Fewer than 700 homes were available to rent in Munster on May 1st, the lowest figure since early 2006.
  • The monthly cost of renting a room in Munster rose strongly in the year to March, with double-digit gains in many urban segments.
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Landmark day as planning granted for major shopping development at Michael Street


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Former Mayor of Waterford Cllr. John Cummins has said he is absolutely delighted to receive confirmation that a major retail development has been granted planning permission by Waterford City and County Council subject to a number of conditions.


Cllr. Cummins who has championed this development since his first term as Mayor in late 2013 said “this is a landmark day for the future of our city centre. For too long our city has been incapable of attracting larger international brands, due in no small part to the lack of suitable large scale units for them to operate from. This development by Newgate Properties in conjunction with NAMA will enable these major international retailers who we know want to come to Waterford City to open up shops in the heart of our city centre. This in turn will drive footfall and make our city centre more attractive for visitors and locals alike which will have a very positive knock on effect for our existing local retailers.


According to Newgate Properties who submitted their planning application in March, the proposed development will generate up to 250 jobs during construction and is expected to support up to 480 retail and support jobs when complete with this figure likely to increase seasonally. It’s envisaged that the new centre will accommodate a range of retailers, primarily fashion and other specialist outlets. It will include over 10,000 square metres of gross retail floor area split over two levels; A prestigious anchor unit together with a number of medium-sized units for international and national brands and smaller retail spaces; Cafes, restaurants and food retailers and a car park with 383 spaces.


Cllr. Cummins continued saying “it has taken three years of hard work to arrive at this successful planning decision. I have met Minister Noonan regarding the project on several occasions and have worked with all involved to promote the benefits of this retail development for our City and County and indeed wider region. This is about making Waterford the go to place in the South East when it comes to a vibrant shopping experience and Council’s approved €18 million investment in our streetscapes and public realm have a large part to play in that also.


Commenting on the planning approval, Laurent Borla, Waterford Chamber President said, “This is very positive news for Waterford City Centre both in terms of the job creation aspect and the opportunity to deliver a significant retail development for the City. It also supports the planned Urban Renewal Programme for Waterford and will position the City as a primary location for investment going forward. We congratulate all concerned and would encourage all stakeholders in Waterford to support the development of this important project”.



Should no appeal be made it will be up to the board of NAMA to decide whether to develop the complex themselves, enter into a joint venture or sell the site with planning permission to another developer. NAMA’s function is to realise the greatest return to the taxpayer and have engaged all three of the aforementioned options when it comes to their portfolio in Dublin.

22nd Guinness International Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival a picker’s paradise

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If banjo pickin', foot tappin', mandolin' pluckin', barnstormin', step dancin', fiddle playin', double bass clawin' sessions are for you, then the beautiful picturesque coastal village of Dunmore East in Co. Waterford is the only place to be from August 25th to 28th!


Fans of bluegrass, honky-tonk, blues, country, rhythm ‘n’ roots can expect the cream of the musical crop as top class acts line up for this year’s 22nd Guinness International Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival.


Having played with artists such as Patty Loveless, Alison Krauss, Johnny and June Carter, Ricky Skaggs and Janie Fricke, Grammy nominees Rob Ickes and Trey Hensleyplay on Saturday (August 27th) and Sunday (August 28th) at the Marquee at the Lighthouse Bistro, at Dunmore East Golf Club.


Also from the USA, traditional folk duo Betse and Clarke who share a love of traditional mountain music and the love of creating new folk music.  Real crowd pleasers, Betse and Clarke bring out the very best of old time music alongside inventive new compositions.


The Foghorn Stringband is comprised of four talented master musicians; Caleb Klauder, Reeb Willms, Nadine Landry and Stephen Lind. With eight albums and thousands of live shows under their belts, the band will bring a lively, exciting string band sound to the Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival.


The Foghorn Stringband bring together an eclectic cultural and musical mix, drawing influences from not only different parts of the American roots music spectrum, but also from their homeplaces…Washington, Quebec and Minnesota.


Lands End, a young vibrant band of musicians made their Dunmore East Bluegrass debut back in 2012 and are back again in 2016.  The band, made up of members from Cork, Galway, Dublin, Munich, Liverpool and Canada met at the Sore Fingers bluegrass workshop in Oxfordshire and formed for a one off show. However, the impact they made dictated that they couldn’t possibly stop there and have been gigging throughout Ireland and the UK ever since.


Cup O’Joe is made up of two brothers, Benjamin, Reuben, who along with sister Tabitha, play an energetic style of bluegrass & gypsy jazz music. Back in Dunmore East after a foot-stomping debut in 2015, Reuben plays guitar and mandolin, Benjamin plays upright bass, with Tabitha on banjo and fiddle. When asked to describe their music, it is said to be a fusion of genres, primarily the hard driving sound of bluegrass and a mix of jazz, old time, swing and folk.


This year’s festival line- up also includes a host of big name bluegrass acts including Doctor Bluegrass, Mons Wheeler Band, One Horse Pony, Rackhouse Pilfer, Barefoot and New Bread Winners.


The 22nd Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival kicks off in the Spinnaker Bar, Dunmore East non Thursday, August 25th and heralds the start of three days of great bluegrass bands, playing almost 50 FREE gigs in the villages’ pubs, restaurants and hotels.


Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley is the only ticketed gig as the Grammy nominees play the Marquee at the Lighthouse Bistro on August 27th and 28th.  All of the other events are free to attend and will take place at the Strand Inn, The Three Sisters, The Spinnaker, Powers Bar and Azzurro. Tickets for Ickes and Hensley (€20) available on


For more information about the 22nd Guinness International Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival in Co. Waterford visit

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