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

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.


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