New Community Tourism Funding Stream for Waterford




Waterford City Council is delighted to launch a new Community Tourism Initiative for the Diaspora which seeks to build on the legacy of The Gathering 2013. The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD, officially launched the initiative, a joint partnership between Fáilte Ireland, IPB Insurance and the 34 Local Authorities, to provide an annual fund of €1m over the next three years to support up to 700 local community-based events and festivals each year around the country. Waterford City Council will provide €30,000 over the next three years for this purpose.


Commenting on the initiative, Waterford City & County Manager Michael Walsh said “Every year we support many festivals, facilitate forums and engage with citizens to support them in community events. We want to develop our communities to make them sustainable to live in, give people a sense of pride and belonging and encourage visitors and commerce.”


This initiative follows on from the very successful 2013 Waterford Gathering. Communities in Waterford embraced the spirit of the National Gathering last year and organised a wide variety of events including school reunions, themed festivals and family clan gatherings all of which added significantly to the 2013 Waterford Calendar of Events. Over 100 Gathering Events took place across the county, attracting many additional visitors to Waterford. Community Tourism development and promotion has been identified by the Departments of Community and Economic Development as being a key driver of economic activity in local areas.


“Pride in Place and Pride in Community is at the heart of what we do in Waterford City Council, and reaching out to and re-connecting with our Diaspora is a very important part of our work with our communities” continued Mr Walsh. “This initiative will inject a new energy into communities, making people think about how they can promote their localities through new and recurring events and how they can sell these events to visitors. It will give opportunities for individuals, groups and co-ops to get creative and think outside of traditional target markets and audiences”.


The Community Diaspora Tourism Initiative is a direct response to one of the clear successes of last year’s The Gathering where 5,000 communities mobilised to harness their Diaspora links for the benefit of local and community tourism.


The amount awarded will be based on the number of overseas visitors attending events. The minimum offered is €500 and the maximum €3,000. Waterford City Council will seek applications for support from local community events from today, with a closing date of 9th May. For further information please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or ring 051 849759. Further details and an application form here.

Public Meeting - Granville Hotel - 16th April


A Public Meeting has been scheduled for 8.00pm on Wednesday, 16th April in the Granville Hotel, organised by a number of consultants from WRH.

This has been arranged in advance of the Minister for Health, James Reilly TD visiting Waterford on 8th May. All are welcome to attend.


The topic relates to ‘Future Health – A Strategic Framework for the Reform of the Health Service 2012-2015’.

Irish Handmade Glass takes the US by storm




Having made its international television debut on one of the world’s largest shopping channels on St. Patricks’ Day, Waterford’s Irish Handmade Glass company has been invited to feature on the QVC shopping channel again next year.

In September 2013, the Waterford glass manufacturer caught the attention of QVC at Showcase, Ireland’s Creative Expo, and was chosen from hundreds of Irish designers and producers to showcase its product on the St. Patricks Day show.

Tony Hayes, Master Glass Blower and one of the founders of Irish Handmade Glass travelled to the Philadelphia home of QVC, where he underwent two days of intensive media training before showcasing the “Lovebird” collection to an audience of over 35 million viewers.

“It was an amazing experience”, Tony said. “We sent over product, our glass Lovebird pairs, a few weeks before we were due on air.  Then when we arrived I had two full days of mentoring, training and rehearsals. We were allocated five minutes and ten seconds live on air and when I was finished was told that over 35 million people had viewed our segment and all of our products were practically sold out within that time.”

“Not only was it a fantastic opportunity for us to get such exposure, we made sure to focus on the fact that our products are 100% guaranteed Irish, 100% handmade and most specifically 100% Waterford.”

The positive reaction to the Lovebird collection has ensured that Irish Handmade Glass will be featuring on the channel again in 2015.

“We have just been asked to return for St. Patrick’s Day next year. The QVC buyers have been in touch with us and requested sample products which we hope to feature on the show. QVC looks for authentically Irish hand crafted products and our multi-coloured Lovebird pairs, which are inset with Irish wild flower, were a huge hit with the US audience.”

Ciaran Cullen, Acting Chief Executive, Waterford City Enterprise Board, which has supported Irish Handmade Glass since the beginning through funding and mentoring added, “We were absolutely delighted that the Irish Handmade Glass Company was chosen from hundreds of Irish designers and producers by QVC.”

“Being invited back by QVC for next year’s St. Patrick’s Day broadcast not only proves that Tony and the team can make beautiful high quality glass pieces, it also shows that there is a significant international demand for the work of Waterford’s highly skilled glass cutters and blowers, which is something we can be very proud of.”

The founders of The Irish Handmade Glass Company are Danny Murphy, Tony Hayes, Derek Smith and Richard Rowe. They established the company in the Kite Design Studios in the Viking Triangle and have almost 150 years cumulative experience in glass blowing and cutting.

Producing 100% mouth blown and hand cut coloured crystal in the Kite Design Studios in Henrietta Street the Irish Handmade Glass Company has quickly become one of Ireland’s leading glass manufacturers.

To see more from the Irish Handmade Glass Company go to or call the Kite Design Studios on 051 858914.

Major US university collaborating with WIT




Dr Michael Harrison, Head of the Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Science at WIT, who has previously collaborated with exercise physiology staff at Cflammatory cytokines, says that the two institutions are ideally placed to collaborate as they share common interests in terms of the effects of exercise on cardiovascular and metabolic health. The first joint projects will be in the area of exercise science, with potential collaborations in healthcare administration and health services quality improvement.


Dr Harrison continued, “We are delighted to formally link with CMU which will open up study opportunities to WIT students both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Central Michigan University has 27,000 students and their postgraduate exercise science and healthcare administration programmes are highly regarded in the United States and their reputation in clinical exercise physiology is second to none.”


Dr Jeff Edwards, Director of the Division of Exercise and Health Sciences and the Exercise Science Postgraduate Programme Coordinator at CMU said, “Our visit to WIT was enlightening, exciting and promising! During our discussions it soon became clear that the pursuit of content mastery, skill acquisition, and professional development is a challenge faced by the students and staff of both institutions.


“By signing a memorandum with WIT Central Michigan University has demonstrated our belief in and commitment to a future exchange of knowledge, faculty, and most importantly students, which will enhance our shared, desired outcomes.


“Initial efforts will soon afford opportunities to the committed exercise and health science students and staff with the additional bonus of international and multicultural immersion. Identification of other promising partnerships is ongoing.”


For more information on the Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Science, visit For more information on CMU, visit

Young cyclist races to the top at Student Enterprise Awards




A teenage entrepreneur from Waterford City and his company ‘Upright Cycle Stands’ has been awarded first prize at the 12th annual County and City Enterprise Boards Student Enterprise Awards National Finals at Croke Park.


Cathal Daly of ‘Upright Cycle Stands’ from De la Salle College, Waterford won the Senior Category of the Student Enterprise Awards. Cathal combined his passion for cycling and woodwork to found a business where he made hardwood cycle stands for bicycles with clipless pedals that hold the bicycle by the pedal so it does not touch the frame or rims of the bicycle.


This is Waterford City Enterprise Board’s third National Enterprise Award in the past three years. Newtown School’s ‘Tidy Tail’s’ received a merit in the senior category in 2012 while Jordan Casey, also of De la Salle college, won the Best Innovation award in the junior category in 2013.


Ciaran Cullen CEO (Acting) Waterford City Enterprise Board praised Cathal’s success. “While the Board has spent a number of years improving the supports for the students, Cathal’s business was his own idea, created with his own skills and succeeded due to his own drive and perseverance. The influence of his teacher Declan O’Brien and De la Salle College cannot be underestimated either. ”


Organised by the County and City Enterprise Boards, a record-breaking 17,000 students from 370 schools have researched, set-up and managed their real-life businesses, as part of the biggest student enterprise programme in the country. Through their involvement, students are learning important business skills, gaining real-world experience and developing their commercial instincts.


Judging of the awards centres on key business areas, including: business planning, market research, sales and marketing, financial management, innovation and enterprise. The Senior Category Award winner receives an International enterprise education study visit to Lisbon as part of the prize.


The top 20 students at senior level at the National Finals will be offered the opportunity to attend a Business Bootcamp, organised by the County and City Enterprise Boards, which will take place at the art Nexus Innovation Centre at the University of Limerick. The four day course will feature a range of interactive enterprise workshops and the students will also get to work closely with members of the Nexus community of entrepreneurs.


The 2014/2015 programme starts in September, with full details available at

Mulligans Specsavers Inter Firms Tennis Tournament 2014




“The annual Inter Firms Tennis Tournament, generously sponsored by Mulligan’s Pharmacies and Specsavers, is once again upon us. This year, we hope to make it the best year ever, an event not to be missed”, says Frank Roche, Chairman St. Anne’s WTC.

The competition will take place in our club at John’s Hill where we have a wonderful modern bar and food facility and balconies overlooking 9 all-weather floodlit courts.

We especially welcome absolute beginners who can try out their skills throughout the fortnights play. We hope to increase the 130 team entries we had last year, 520 players at all levels making it the biggest tennis event in the country. This year we are introducing an Absolute Beginners Section and the club will provide rackets if required.

The club will be sending out information packs to Firms, Retail Businesses, Clubs and other Organisations this week. Entry forms are also available at St. Anne’s or any branch of Mulligan’s Pharmacies and Specsavers. These should be returned to Michelle Kirby, Club Administrator, St. Anne’s WTC, by 6pm on Saturday 19th April. Play commences on Sunday, 4th May and Finals will be held on Saturday, 17th May, followed by the prize giving social event that evening.  Further details and entry forms will also be available on the club website


If you are playing, we look forward to seeing you play. If you are not playing, please come and support your team. Everybody is welcome to all events.


Since its introduction in 1984, this tournament has maintained its popularity and is now one of the biggest and best tennis tournaments in the country. It is open to participants of all standards, from seasoned players to absolute beginners who are equally attracted by the lure of the social events.


Businesses may enter as many teams as they wish, but each team must have at least one employee and must play under the name of their business. Where several teams enter from one firm, the teams will be identified by the captains’ name to avoid confusion.


  • The competition will be divided into six sections, graded according to standard
  • Entry forms are available in your workplace, in St. Anne’s Waterford Tennis Club, on the club website, and at any branch of Mulligans Pharmacies or Specsavers Waterford, who are the sponsors of the event.
  • The closing date for entries is 6pm on Saturday 19th April.
  • Completed entry forms, with entry fee of €80 per team, shall be returned to Michelle Kirby, Club Administrator, St. Anne’s WTC, John’s Hill, Waterford. A €20 voucher, to be used in the clubhouse, will be recouped to each team.
  • Play will commence at 5.30pm on Sunday 4th May. All teams will play at least three games. The finals will be played on Saturday 17th May and will be followed by the prize-giving social evening in the clubhouse. Prizes will be awarded to all finalists (winners and runners up).
  • The draw and timetable can be viewed at St. Anne’s Waterford Tennis Club, or on our website or at any branch of the Mulligan’s Pharmacies and Specsavers.

Waterford Healing Arts Trust presents Waking Up in Waterford


Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) presents Waking Up in Waterford, a solo exhibition by Paul Bokslag in Waterford Regional Hospital

The Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) is delighted to present Waking Up in Waterford, an exhibition of papercuts by artist Paul Bokslag, which will be launched in Waterford Regional Hospital on Thursday 10th April 2014 by Patrick Lydon of the Camphill Community in Kilkenny.


The Waking Up in Waterford exhibition explores the artist’s unexpected experience of waking up in Waterford Regional Hospital after surgery following a traumatic accident in 1996. Through a series of figurative papercuts Paul has revisited his stay as a patient in the hospital. The visual narrative that runs through the exhibition follows his journey towards recovery.

Paul explains that: “I had never been to Waterford before and all that I could see of it when I woke up the next morning was the line of trees outside the hospital window. I was disorientated and in the week that followed, while trying to make sense of what had happened to me, the city [of Waterford] grew in my imagination.”

Paul Bokslag was born and raised in the Netherlands and studied Art Therapy at the University of Applied Sciences, Leiden. He moved to Callan, Co. Kilkenny in 1999, where he lives and works. He works in, and was a founding member of KCAT (Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent) Art and Study Centre, an open access Arts and Life-Long Learning initiative in Callan, Co. Kilkenny.

Paul has had solo exhibitions in a number of venues, including Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford; Signal Arts Centre, Bray and Abhainn Rí Festival, Callan. Group shows that his work was selected for include RHA, Dublin; Occupy Space, Limerick; Basement Project Space, Cork; Éigse Open Submission, Carlow and Junction Festival, Clonmel.

In the words of the Director of the Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Mary Grehan: “Like many people, Paul Bokslag’s introduction to Waterford was as a patient of Waterford Regional Hospital and we are delighted that he has chosen to transform the memories of that experience into this beautiful series of papercuts. This exhibition shows how the roles of ‘patient’ and ‘artist’ are not static but interchangeable – artists can become patients and patients can become artists.”

Waking Up in Waterford will be launched on 10th April at 5.30pm by Patrick Lydon, a native of Boston who moved to Ireland in the 1970s. Patrick was the co-founder of a new Camphill Community in Ballytobin, Callan, Co. Kilkenny. The exhibition will run until 6th June.

The Waterford Healing Arts Trust acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this exhibition possible.


For further information please contact the Waterford Healing Arts Trust on 051-842664 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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