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

WIT Business School Hosts Inaugural Banking and Finance Forum


The Business School at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), in association with the Masters of Science in Global Financial Information Systems (MSc in GFIS) programme, earlier this month hosted their inaugural annual ‘Banking and Finance Forum’ which allowed students on the course learn from, and interact with, senior executives in the banking industry.


Dr. Aidan Duane, Programme Director for the MSc in GFIS, underlined the significance of the forum for the postgraduate students, commenting “Engagement with the Financial Services industry is integral to the MSc in GFIS programme. The contribution these senior banking executives have made is a very valuable one, because it enables the students to develop a deeper insight into the industry, its practices, and its future development. Without the support and commitment of our guest speakers, this type of rich learning would not be possible for our students”.


The guest speakers included seven senior banking executives from the Bank of Ireland (BOI), Allied Irish Bank (AIB), Permanent TSB, KBC Bank Ireland, and Rabobank.


The opening speaker, Mr. Brendan Kerin, Head of Retail Operations at Permanent TSB delivered a very insightful presentation on “The Changing Face of Retail Banking”. The second speaker, Ms. Rose Clear, Head of Risk Operations at Bank of Ireland, delivered a forensic presentation on “Risk Management - From Principles to Practicalities”. The mid-morning session involved two presentations from Allied Irish Bank (AIB). Mr. Peter Vance, Head of Payments at AIB, delivered a highly informative presentation exploring “Payments and Channels from a Customer Perspective, and the Changing Dynamics of the Payments Market”. This was followed by a technical presentation by Mr. Richard Nealon, Information Security Manager with AIB, on the role of internal “Information Security in a Changing Landscape”.


The afternoon session was led by two speakers from KBC Bank Ireland. Ms. Karen Miles, Senior Manager of IT Applications with KBC, discussed the development of “A Multi-Channel Distribution Strategy”, while Mr. Barry Doyle, IT Security Manager with KBC, examined the challenges of external “Cyber and IT Security”. The final presentation of the forum was delivered by Mr. Paul Doheny, Relationship Manager in Corporate Banking with Rabobank, and it focused on “Corporate Customer Relationship Management and Supply Chain Financing”.


Dr. Duane also spoke about the importance of a recent visit by the MSc in GFIS students to the Irish Central Bank on Spencer Dock, Dublin on 20th February. Dr. Ronnie O’Toole, National Payments Plan Programme Manager, and Mr. Russell Burke, Head of Strategic Development at the Irish Payment Services Organisation Ltd (IPSO), and other senior executives from the Payments and Securities Division, delivered five presentations in a day-long workshop focusing on the National Payments Plan (NPP); the Single European Payments Area (SEPA); Central Bank Regulation of Financial Services; E-Payments and M-Payments; and, Cards, Cash, Coins and Counterfeiting.


Dr. Duane said, “The opportunity for students to visit the Irish Central Bank and to engage with key policy makers and regulators is hugely significant. It enables students to achieve a deeper understanding of the role of the Central Bank in Ireland and its workings with the European Central Bank, along with the drafting and implementation of policy and regulations for the Banking and Financial Services industry”.


The MSc in GFIS received its first intake of students in September 2012. Following completion of the 16 month programme in December 2013, which included a six month professional internship; all of the graduates secured full-time employment in companies located in Waterford, Cork, Tipperary, Dublin, Kilkenny, and Wexford. The majority of the students are employed in graduate roles such as Business Analyst; Data Analyst; Risk Analyst; Credit Control Analyst, FIS Analyst; Operations Analyst; and Business Operations Executive.


The high quality, standard, and transferability of the skills developed on the programme, means that the MSc in GFIS graduates are also in demand from companies operating in industries outside of the Financial Services sector. The 12/13 graduates now work for companies such as IBM, Kerry Group, Glanbia, The Central Bank, Bank of Ireland, Sun Life Financial Services, Citco, Ernst & Young, EBS; AON Centre for Innovation and Analytics, FCOS Accounting Solutions, DePuy Synthes (J&J), Fingal County Council, and Colgate Palmolive.


In a positive sign of recovery in the Irish economy, 87% of these positions are permanent while 13% are contract positions.


The MSc in GFIS was shortlisted for Best New Course of the Year 2013 at the Postgrad Ireland Awards held at the Mansion House. Further information is available at or Enquiries can be emailed to Dr. Aidan Duane, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Japanese garden for Tramore




The Japanese embassy in Dublin pledged to provide six million yen (€41,860) towards the Koizumi Yakumo Memorial Garden, which is to be laid out on the 2.5-acre grounds of Tramore House.


The grant is the largest of 48 awards this year from the Japan World Expo 1970 Commemorative Fund, reflecting the importance of a project that ambassador Chihiro Atsumi said would be a valuable addition to the cultural links between Ireland and Japan.


Tramore is to get a Japanese garden commemorating writer and translator Patrick Lafcadio Hearn – one of those most admired western figures to live in that culture and who is known in Japan as Koizumi Yakumo. He spent his boyhood summers in Tramore.


Lafcadio Hearn was born in 1850 to an Irish father and Greek mother and brought up by his grand-aunt, Sarah Brenane, who brought him from Dublin to Tramore on holidays. He went on to live in Japan, becoming revered as its great interpreter to the rest of the world.


The concept was created by Agnes Aylward, who heads the Tramore Development Trust, with garden structures designed by architect Mike Roberts, drawing on his knowledge of gardens in Japan, and landscaping by Martin Curran of MBC, who also worked there.


The project has an overall budget of €500,000, nearly half of which has been pledged by Waterford County Council and the Japanese fund. It will include ponds, cascades, gazebos, ornamental planting and Japanese-style bridges and entrance gates, arranged in sequence.


Commenting on the project, Nora Widger, Chamber President said, “This is a significant opportunity to provide a tourist attraction which is certain to attract visitors to Tramore and in turn supports the economic prosperity of the area.”

Splashworld 10k


The annual Splashworld 10k takes place on Sunday, 13th April at 11am. This year's new chip-timed course is Flat and fast. There is free pool entry afterwards for participants. Cost of entry is €12 and €7 for the Junior 5k. Proceeds will go to the Tramore Inclusion Park and the Order of Malta.


DFDS Logistics - Successful year since liner train re-launch


On the 3rd of March the DFDS Logistics hi-cube container train between Ballina Rail Freight Terminal and Waterford Port celebrated a year of successful operations since the re-launch.


During the year the DFDS Logistics modal switch to the 'greener option' of using rail has reduced carbon emissions by around 66% compared with equivalent road haulage, this saving some 504,300kgs of Co2 emissions. Road users and the County Councils will have also reaped benefits as a result of reduced wear and tear on road surfaces caused by HGV movements.


The rail service, operating twice weekly in each direction, is optimised to link into and from the Waterford Port to Rotterdam DFDS sailing schedule. Containers can be loaded in Mayo on 'day 1' and delivered in Holland on 'day 3'. Rotterdam also has connections for rail services to Milan and other key European destinations. The trains are scheduled to depart from Ballina Freight Terminal on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:05 and from Waterford Port on Mondays and Thursdays at 11:30. Containers are loaded at Ballina by reach-stacker, however at Waterford Port they are transhipped direct from train to ship by the port gantry cranes.


Both Iarnród Éireann and DFDS Logistics are very pleased with the buoyancy of traffic levels on the rail freight service.


Source: Irish International Freight Association - March 2014 Newsletter

Waterford Senior Hurling Team Fundraiser



De la Salle College succeeds at City Student Enterprise Awards


Last Thursday February 27th his worship the Deputy Mayor Cllr. Tom Cunningham presented the Waterford City Enterprise Board perpetual student enterprise trophy along with the winner’s cheque to Cathal Daly for a business called Upright Cycles.


The winning entry, from De la Salle College founded 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. Cathal will now represent Waterford City at the National Finals in Croke Park on April 2nd.


Other winners include;


2nd place: - Pet Protects, Eimear Buggy, Aisling Fitzgerald, Laura Maher, Heather Doyle of Abbey Community College


3rd place: - Banter Bars, Matthew Kelly, Lilly Rose Fitzmaurice and John Jephson of Newtown Secondary School.


Best Display: - The Cake Shop, Sophie Lee of Newtown Secondary School


Best innovation: - At Your Finger Tips, Sarah Hickey, Niamh Casey and Rebecca Mulhall of Mercy Convent Secondary School


Students’ Choice Award also went to Cathal Daly.


Bertie Rogers (Chair of Waterford City Enterprise Board) praised the teachers, judges and students for all their effort. “This programme is designed to prepare students for a possible future in Enterprise. As two thirds of students today will be self-employed at some stage in their lives, it is particularly relevant.  Given the quality of entries today the future looks bright for Enterprise in Waterford City”.


The Waterford City Student Enterprise Awards involved over 350 Waterford transition year students every year. It is part of a national competition.  Each year almost 15,000 students from all over Ireland get to find out what it’s really like to be their own boss and run their own business by taking part in the Student Enterprise Awards Programme.


The objectives of the programme are;

  • To give students practical, real life experience of setting up and running their own business
  • To encourage students to think about entrepreneurship and self-employment as a viable career choice
  • To enhance the teaching of business and entrepreneurship in schools by combining class room learning with real life experience


Ciaran Cullen Waterford City Enterprise Board CEO (Acting) praised the winning group itself. “Whether it is student enterprise or SMEs, good ideas always shine. organisation and determination are very important but a good idea will always stand out and Cathal certainly had the idea, the organisation and the determination. We are delighted with this year’s city winner and are optimistic for the National Finals next month.”


As well as finding out what life is like as your own boss, the National Finals students are also in with a chance of winning some great prizes including:

  • A 1,500 euro cash prize for your school
  • An all-expenses paid Italian trip worth over 10,000 euro.
  • All4One vouchers


Waterford City Enterprise Board offers support services for start-up and existing SME’s in Waterford city. If you have a new business idea or are running a business that requires assistance you can contact the Enterprise Board by phoning Celia on 051-852883 or logging on to

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