Rapid Cabs new App, creating a high tech taxi service


Waterford City’s Rapid Cabs has invested €200,000 this year on making its taxi service the most high tech outside Dublin.


Safety and security has always been paramount to Rapid Cabs, but now its new Rapid Cabs ‘Hotel Booker’ is the most modern, safest and smartest way to book a taxi in a hotel in Waterford.


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Visitors to our fair city simply click to book a taxi, enter their name and telephone number and watch the taxi being dispatched and arriving at the hotel. The Rapid Cabs hotel taxi booker has six different languages to choose from including Spanish, French, Portuguese and Russian.


For locals the service is just as impressive, the new Rapid Cabs App is the most secure way to book a taxi with just two clicks. The app will show you an image of the driver collecting you along with the name of the driver, registration of the taxi picking you up, the make and model of car and the even the colour of the car.


The App gives you an estimated time of arrival and cost of the fare, as well as the capacity to track your taxi and pay securely via debit or credit card. Booking notifications and emailed receipts are also standard, if required.


Rapid Cabs CEO Eric O’Brien, explains the importance of these advances, “Rapid Cabs are dominant in the taxi market in Waterford already, but in our business a reputation for safety and security is so important. We cannot take anything for granted, we need to push ourselves to invest and increase the level of service to our customers in order to stay at the top of our game. These investments and advancements are also required and expected in the corporate world, an area which we hope to grow in the next year or two.”


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Rapid Cabs is a family run business located in Waterford City. Established in 2000 with only five taxis, it now has the largest range of taxis in the south east of Ireland, including taxis, hackneys, people carriers, wheelchair taxis and a large range of coaches.


All drivers are fully vetted by Garda and fully insured and licensed. Open and accessible 24 hours a day 365 days a year, Rapid Cabs has a fully computerised booking dispatch system from its local taxi call centre and has installed in-car computers in all of its taxis to ensure as such efficiency as possible.


The new App is available for free on Apple and Android.


For further information:

Jonathan Earl

B2B Communications

051 858888/ 087 230070

Waterford Harvest Festival




Waterford Chamber are delighted to again be supporting the GROW HQ Kitchen at Blackfriars during the festival. Featuring cookery demos from leading chefs including Lily Higgins, Chef Adrian, Rory O’Connell and Darina Allen, the event will also feature local entrepreneur Irene Queally of Pip and Pear, who will present a demo on creating healthy, nutritious baby food from meals that are suitable for all the family.


Meanwhile, our colleagues at Waterford Chamber Skillnet present the Big Taste in John Robert’s Square. Their community of artisan producers keep going from strength to strength and will be showcasing their extraordinary produce on Saturday and Sunday.
For more see

Have Your Say - Waterford

17 September 2015, 10:30 AM

Please come along to IHREC's public meeting in Waterford. We are keen to hear your views on human rights and equality issues which will inform our first Strategy Statement 2016-2018.


Registrations are now open for Have Your Say - Waterford. Click here to register



  • When: Thursday September 17th 2015 from 10.30 – 13.00
  • Venue: The Edmund Rice Heritage Centre, Mount Sion, Barrack St, Waterford
  • Registration: 10.30
  • Refreshments will be provided


For more information please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or phone the Public Enagement team on 01 8589601 


We look forward to seeing you there





The Edmund Rice Heritage Centre, Mount Sion, Barrack St, Waterford

Waterford Businessman becomes 51st Irish person to swim the English Channel

Kristian O’Donovan, a local Entrepreneur originally from Tralee, Co. Kerry, became only the 51st Irish person to swim the English Channel this week with an impressive time of 13 hours, 48 minutes.




Kristian reached the Continental European coast at Cap Gris-Nez on Tuesday, shortly after midnight local time, after a gruelling 13 hours and 48 minutes of non-stop swimming.

The co-founder of Flúirse Education Solutions - which own and operate among others, the popular Pitman training centre in Waterford, which specialises in delivering career based training - commenced the momentous challenge shortly after 9am from Dover, Kent, 4 hours before high tide.

Real-time GPS tracking on board Kristian’s pilot boat, Gallivant, allowed family, friends, neighbours and hundreds of people worldwide to track the swim route in detail to mainland France.

swiiming3Even though the distance between Dover, England to Cap Gris-Nez, France is over 20 miles; given the strong channel currents and powerful spring tides, the swim route follows an S-curve, meaning the overall distance to swim was closer to 30 miles.

Kristian started his training for the Channel Swim in August 2014, motivated by a personal goal and a determination to push himself to a new level and to his physical limit.

Most remarkable, is the fact that Kristian trained alone for the vast majority of his training programme, starting initially with hours of early morning swimming in the pool, before moving to the open sea in April, swimming in Rossbeigh beach near his home, with the support from his cousin Micheál Griffin and his brother’s in law Tom Moynihan and Padraig Griffin.

Most recently, in final preparation for his swim, Kristian attended a nine day open sea camp at Ned Denison’s Training Camp in Sandycove, Cork. Here, he was joined by experienced open water and channel swimmers Zara Bullen and his former UL classmate Thomas Goulding, who also completed the Cross Channel swim in 2014. Both joined Kristian yesterday as key members of his support crew.

Kristian’s Pilot boat, Gallivant was captained by James Willi with a support crew on board comprising Kristian’s father-in-law and former Kerry selector Kevin Griffin, cousins Sheila Griffin and Micheál Griffin, and business partner Tomás Finneran.
Mr. Willi commented that only 40% of those that attempt the swim finish successfully, with the majority conceding defeat to the powerful waterway.




Kristian now becomes only the 51st Irishman to complete the arduous swim across the busiest shipping channel in the world. “This is my All-Ireland medal” commented Kristian, minutes after his amazing feat. “My real inspiration is my brother-in-law Cathal, who has Down Syndrome, and had to overcome many obstacles, he’s the bravest swimmer I know”.

Hundreds of messages of best wishes and congratulations came flooding in online to Kristian’s Facebook page, where each step of the swim was documented, while Kristian’s wife Muireann, and
children Rían (12), Seodhla (9), Aoibhin (7), Iarla (4) and Senan (2) watched nervously from their family home in Glenbeigh, Kerry. It was a double celebration for the family, with Kristian’s eldest Rían winning gold in the Community Games Spikeball Final in Athlone the previous day.
When asked about his next challenge, Kristian explained, “It’s back to the office now, there’s plenty of work to catch-up on back at Pitman Training”.

However, it was his son Rían who left us with the best quote of the day, which was texted to the crew to show to his Dad mid-swim:
“Good luck Dad, but I’ll beat your record some day!”


TSSG bidding to lead €30m EU-wide pilot


IRISH tech experts are bringing together key players in the ICT and the agro-food sector across Europe to see how farmers, the food processing industry, distributors, retailers, regulators and end consumers can all benefit from the use of smarter, futuristic technology in the sector and ultimately boost regional innovation right across Europe.


Waterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) as part of the eDIGIREGION project, is leading and hosting a major ‘Agriculture 4.0 The Internet of Things boosting regional innovation’ workshop at ‘ICT 2015 – Innovation, Connect, Transform’ in Lisbon in late October.  It’s the biggest ICT event in the EU calendar and all the big names in the global ICT market will be there.


The TSSG-led session will see key delegates discuss current, unsolved challenges and identify where ICT and the interlinked, data-sharing elements of the ‘Internet of Things’ have the greatest opportunity to stimulate innovation, capacity and growth within all the regions of Europe.


TSSG will also be making its pitch at the Lisbon event to lead a €30m EU-wide pilot on the ‘Internet of Things’ and its potential impact in agriculture. The Irish contingent feels its track record in the sector gives it a distinct competitive advantage. TSSG plans to put together a consortium at the Lisbon event to make a strong case to lead the pilot.


Workshop host, Brian Foley, said the workshop session in Lisbon will begin with a series of pitches from pilot projects featuring innovative deployments of ICTs in the agro-food sector. The second part of the session will examine future challenges and how ICT can be used for the benefit of all in the sector and get more farmers, more countries, more regions involved.


The session will explore challenges faced by different parties along the value chain and bring together creative researchers and innovators to think of new solutions to existing problems and innovative approaches that can lead to a competitive advantage in these fields.


 “Leveraging advances in ICT in traditional industries is a frequently untapped source of value added that has the potential to give those who grasp it first a real, global advantage.


“Such a potential is clear today in agriculture, where ICT advances are enticing businesses to rethink their processes along the full value chain – from farm to fork – and consider a vast array of innovations.


“ICT also has the capability to boost food security and food safety, energy efficiency, overall efficiency and sustainability of resources. We are only at the beginning of realising the potential of ICT in agriculture. It is a hot topic internationally. New investment in agri tech is passing out clean tech and fin tech.


“Working together and working smarter we can make better use of limited resources, achieve higher standards, guarantee food chain traceability and achieve better outcomes for the farmer, the industry, the consumer and those regulating the industry,” Foley said.


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TSSG has taken a lead role in Ireland in recent years in linking up experts in ICT with the food and farming sector and has hosted a number of events to bring the various sectors together to achieve a competitive advantage.


Brian Foley feels now is the time for TSSG to go one step further and take a European lead.  “We have a well-established ICT group and have been working with the Agriculture section within WIT and within the region. We feel we have a competitive advantage and a multi-disciplinary approach. We are only at the very beginning of uncovering the potential for ICT in this critical sector and we want to be in the driving seat.”


As the EU Quality Manager at TSSG, Brian Foley brings a wealth of EU as well as industry experience to the table. The University of Limerick graduate ran the Brussels-based European office of the co-op umbrella ICOS for six years. He moved back to Ireland and set up his own consultancy business to advise large players in the industry on all aspects of EU regulation.


Mr Foley also worked with the TecNet network for Institutes of Technology before becoming the commercial manager of an agri company. He joined the TSSG as EU Quality Manager in 2013 and his experience from industry as well as policy has given TSSG a major competitive advantage in the past two years and will continue to do so into the future.


State of the art manufacturing equipment for new SmartPly facility arrives at Belview Port


August 19th 2015:  Shipments of equipment components from the German supplier Siempelkamp destined for Coillte SmartPly pictured arriving at Belview Port in Co. Kilkenny.


The Belview facility is undergoing a €59M investment in their panel product manufacturing line that will increase the production capability of SmartPly and will secure the plant as one of the South East region’s biggest exporters. Major components for the upgraded line will be delivered over the coming weeks and assembled in situ in the new recently constructed building.


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Neil Foot Managing Director of Coillte Panel Products said, “This is a very important time for Coillte as we take delivery of state of the art wood panel manufacturing equipment that will further enable SmartPly to be a leading supplier of sustainable, innovative OSB products in our markets.  The SmartPly upgrade is progressing as planned and we are on course for completion in spring 2016.”


Coillte’s SmartPly plant uses trees, harvested mainly in the Southern part of the country, to manufacture innovative and sustainable wood products used by construction companies in flooring, building frames, roofing, and many other applications. 



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Precision Pilates Opens Waterford City’s first Reformer Studio


Pilates Instructor Sinead Frisby this week opens the City’s first Reformer Pilates Studio at Precision Pilates at the Six Cross Roads in Waterford.

Sinead opened Precision Pilates Studio in late 2014 and is delighted to unveil a brand new ‘Reformer Studio’ at the school. Reformer Pilates involves using specialised equipment which builds strength and conditions muscles in the body which cannot be done through mat classes to the same extent.


Invented by Pilates founder Joesph Pilates the reformer is a bed-like frame with a flat platform on it, called the carriage, which rolls back and forth on wheels within the frame. The carriage is attached to one end of the reformer by a set of springs. The springs provide choices of differing levels of resistance as the carriage is pushed or pulled along the frame. Body weight and resistance of the springs are what make the carriage more or less difficult to move therefore creating a unique challenge for each user dependant on their strength and flexibility.


Precision Pilates Sinead Frisby


Commenting on the opening of her Reformer Studio, “I’m delighted to bring a Reformer Pilates Studio to Waterford City. Pilates is much more than just an exercise regime, it is a true overall body workout.  A Reformer Pilates session offers a huge list of benefits to its users from the more basic but hugely beneficial day to day benefits like better posture and increased strength to increased fitness, flexibility, coordination, and balance. Pilates mat classes are the basis of all Pilates movement and provide the ultimate foundation for improving strength and flexibility, however the Pilates Reformer offers a great challenge for those who wish to take the next step in their Pilates tuition. ”


Sinead has been practising Pilates for 9 years and is a fully qualified Pilates Instructor in Mat L1 and L2 and  is a Balanced Body certified Reformer Pilates Instructor.  Precision Pilates offers Pilates Mat classes, Reformer Classes and Reformer one to one classes every week.  Contact Sinead Frisby on 087 1330286 or see


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