Welcome jobs boost for Tramore



Waterford Chamber has welcomed the announcement of 100 jobs at nearForm, who are set to open their new offices at Tramore Civic Offices building.


The job announcement is a huge boost to the area and the company’s co-founders Cian O’Maidin, who hails from Tramore, and Richard Roger from the Dunmore Road, have confirmed that the jobs will come on stream over the next three years. He is also intent on recruiting Irish staff who are currently working abroad and want to come home.


At present the company, who are based at the Research and Innovation Centre in Carriganore, employs 23 staff, and are to the fore in creating a software platform that enables enterprises to create lean, efficient and high performing software systems.


Commenting on the business expansion, Waterford Chamber CEO Nick Donnelly said: “The business model that nearForm have in place is certainly impressive and one which many organisations aspire to. It’s not easy to create that perfect work/life balance but Cian and Richard are determined to create a Waterford ‘Silicon Valley’ and are passionate about promoting the best Waterford has to offer, proving again that Waterford is a great place to live, work and do business. They may have offices in both Silicon Valley and London, but Tramore is their chosen headquarters and that says something very significant.


“It is also encouraging to see another business emerge from the Research and Innovation Centre at Carriganore creating jobs locally and being given the opportunity to expand and grow on home soil.”

“A Big Congratulations” extended from An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to Club Choice Ireland for Flying the Flag for Waterford and Irish Golf Tourism in Britain


Club Choice Ireland, the leading provider to the British golfer of tailor-made golfing holidays to the East and South East of Ireland, recently launched its spectacular 2015 programme at the prestigious Mere Golf Resort & Spa in Cheshire, Manchester.


On return to Ireland, the directors of Club Choice, Tiernan & Larry Byrne, were congratulated by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Niall Gibbons Tourism Ireland Chief Executive at Government Buildings for the success of Club Choice Ireland in attracting the lucrative golfing market to Ireland; and for the significant contribution to Irish tourism that is imminent for 2015.


The launch event was held in conjunction with Tourism Ireland and showcased some of the best golfing destinations in Ireland. It was attended by Tourism Ireland representatives, media, trade partners and Club Choice Ireland’s significant following of loyal clients who have relied upon the organisation to source for them the best Irish golfing holidays since its inception in 2010.


Club Choice Ireland is an alliance of some of the best hotels, resorts and golf clubs in the east and south east of Ireland. Waterford is represented by Treacy’s Hotel; and Waterford, Tramore and Waterford Castle Golf Clubs.


“Recent surveys show that golf visitors to Ireland are one of the highest spending demographics, says Club Choice Ireland, Managing Director, Tiernan Byrne. Based on average figures, we can see that our golfers collectively spent close to half a million euro whilst in Ireland. So it’s not just our hotels and golf club partners that benefit from this high-spending market but other local businesses too such as restaurants, pubs, taxis and local attractions. We are grateful for alliances we’ve formed with these businesses such as White’s Mini Coach Hire in Waterford.”


The 2015 programme was very well received at the launch event and Club Choice Ireland will now roll out its promotional campaign in Britain which includes hosting a series of prestigious Irish golf days, the distribution of over 5,000 ‘Great Golfing Destinations’ magazines, media familiarity trips, promotional drives with the Group’s travel partner, Stena Line; and more.


David Boyce from Tourism Ireland commented at the launch, “Ireland is renowned for its high quality golf product coupled with unique hospitality and Club Choice Ireland is making it easier than ever before for the British golfer to experience the best golfing holidays in Ireland.  Promoting Irish golfing holidays in Britain was a major focus for Tourism Ireland last year that proved very successful. Club Choice Ireland was instrumental in this success. We are continuing to target this important market and Club Choice Ireland is now an even stronger driving force in helping to do this.”


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Course and Career Information Evening at WIT


Part-time studentsTuesday, 24 February 2015


Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is holding an Information Evening for anyone considering studying on a full-time or part-time course at the Institute. The event will take place on the main campus on Tuesday, 24 February from 6.00 - 7.30pm.


The Institute offers people the opportunity to access higher education in a variety of ways, depending on each person’s personal experience, goals and situation. Prospective students can choose from more than 200 full-time undergraduate, part-time undergraduate and taught postgraduate study options as well as government funded ICT and Springboard courses.


For those who would like to ease their way into higher education, there are a number of options available, including the WIT Summer School, foundation courses and a range of professional development study options.


The Information Evening is open to anyone considering studying at the Institute and attendees will be able to meet with academic staff to discuss future study and career options. Administration staff, as well as representatives from the Department of Social Protection and Waterford Chamber’s Skillnet, will be available to discuss funding, fees and grants, student supports, admissions as well as giving advice on how to apply.


This information event is free and open to all. There is no need to register in advance.


For more information on study options, visit

Upcoming Charity Golf Competition to aid fundraising efforts for local volunteer




Faithlegg House Hotel & Golf Resort to sponsor and host Charity Golf Competition on Friday 20th of February, 2015 for Waterford local Danielle Whelan in order to assist in her fundraising efforts to raise €4,750 for Special Olympics Ireland.


Danielle has been selected as a volunteer for the Irish Special Olympics Team and will be volunteering at the Special Olympics World Games taking place in Los Angeles from the 25th July to 2nd August 2015.


Remarking on her fundraising efforts, Danielle stated “I am delighted and honoured to be one of only two volunteers selected from Waterford and hope that this event will aid in promoting the fantastic programmes offered through Special Olympics Ireland groups at a local, regional and national level. Liam Moran and his team at Faithlegg House Hotel & Golf Resort have been instrumental in assisting with my fundraising efforts in conjunction with the Captains of both clubs and Junior Officer Bernie Kearney and I cannot thank them enough for all of their time, effort and generous sponsorship. I would also like to acknowledge and thank my family, friends and colleagues in RIKON and Waterford Institute of Technology for their continued encouragement, support and sponsorship.”


The monies raised from this event will cover the costs of travel, accommodation and will also assist Special Olympics in achieving its vision which is ‘to build the programme offered by Special Olympics Ireland so that every person with a learning disability has the opportunity, in their local community, to participate in high quality sport and development activities that bring life-changing experiences of increased skills, self-confidence and joy.’


Commenting on the event, Liam Moran, General Manager of Faithlegg House Hotel & Golf Resort stated: “We are thrilled to have been invited to sponsor this event, and I wish Danielle all the best in her endeavours and guarantee her our continued support with her fundraising efforts for such a fantastic programme.”


Dr. Patrick Lynch, Director of RIKON stated “We are delighted that one of our own has undertaken this worthwhile cause for Special Olympics Ireland. Danielle is always actively engaged in supporting RIKON’s continuing involvement with the business and charitable communities in the South East and we believe that she will do great in this endeavour. Her colleagues and I wish Danielle and all involved with Team Ireland the best of luck at the World Games this coming summer.”


To find out how to become a sponsor or to book a tee time, contact Danielle on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Faithlegg Golf Club on 051-380587.


Event Overview: 4 Person Team Event

Start Time: 10.00am

Location: Faithlegg House Hotel & Golf Resort, Faithlegg, Waterford

Price: €100.00 for team of 4

Waterford restaurants collaborate to produce the definitive guide to eating out




“EAT Waterford”, the definitive guide to dining in Waterford, puts the spotlight on the city as an exciting food tourism destination.


Launched this week, EAT Waterford offers locals and visitors alike a comprehensive insight into the world class dining experience available in the city and surrounds. The informative guide provides details such as theme, price range, menu options, and accessibility on 25 Waterford restaurants. The restaurants involved in the initiative range from classical French fine dining to traditional Asian cuisine and casual American style dining to time-honoured fresh Irish fayre.


EAT Waterford is the brainchild of Fiona McHardy, CEO of The Viking Triangle, Waterford’s cultural and heritage quarter. Commenting on the launch of EAT Waterford, Fiona said, “This collaboration is an exciting example of the strength of co-working and what can be achieved by businesses who ordinarily compete with each other to attract visitors to our city. In essence, the businesses, tourists and locals will all benefit."


“The seed, to form a coalition amongst local restaurateurs, was sown at the end of last year’s tourist season. In partnership with the local tourist office, we gathered extensive feedback from visitors not only about their overall experience of Waterford, but also their experience of dining out in the city.”


“In the main the feedback was extremely positive, however there was no overall guide to inform them about all of the fantastic restaurants Waterford has to offer. As a result, EAT Waterford came into being and we intend to let locals and visitors know about the array of great restaurants and talented chefs that Waterford has.”


Another area this collaboration is keen to promote is the role that local producers play.  All of the restaurants are ardent supporters of artisan producers and there is currently an exciting cohort of local producers who supply these restaurants in Waterford. The home of the blaa, rashers and even the humble cream cracker has inspired a generation of producers of great meat, seafood, breads, vegetables, beer and spirits.


EAT Waterford is supported by Waterford City and County Council and Lar Power, Director of Economic Development, welcomed the initiative. “It’s great to see businesses working together to promote the city, its food culture, its hospitality, its producers and ultimately its calibre of restaurants” he said.


“At a glance visitors can get a real feel for Waterford city and all that it has to offer.  The restaurants and hotels working on this initiative have proven that sharing a common goal and working together can only enhance the food offering of Waterford city as a whole.”


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Waterford becomes first location in the South East to receive Purple Flag



[Waterford, 10th February 2015]: Waterford is today celebrating being awarded a Purple Flag, the first city in the South East to join the Purple standard. Waterford is now one of over 50 towns and cities across the UK and Ireland who have been awarded with Purple Flag status for their achievements in helping people have a great night out and one of 10 Irish locations awarded.


The city went through a rigorous programme called Purple Flag Academy which started in May 2014 including workshops, self-assessment and final application by the end of last year and were in turn assessed independently in December. Passing all 30 Purple Flag criteria as well as the minimum thresholds of decreasing crime statistics, appropriate transport, a vibrant appeal, a stimulating destination and a strong partnership; the town was particularly commended.


ATCM Programme Manager Jonny Birkett, speaking on behalf of the assessment panel comments “It is fantastic for the local community and for Waterford to be awarded a Purple Flag. Waterford has worked very hard to create a safe and well-managed evening and night time environment, with a variety of social activities on offer for residents of all ages. The panel was particularly impressed with the city’s Early Evening Activity, its Winterval market was commended and the city is being serviced by excellent taxi operators.


Purple Flag is a town and city centre award - similar to the Blue Flag for beaches - which aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of town and city centres in the evenings and at night. The scheme is managed by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) working alongside the Purple Flag Advisory Committee - a partnership of key stakeholder groups backed by the Local Authority, Gardai, business and residents, as well as sponsors Diageo Great Britain. Purple Flag accredited towns and cities have proven that they are welcoming to everyone, offer safe ways for visitors to travel home after dark and provide a good mix of venues. Purple Flag towns and cities benefit from more visitors, lower crime and anti-social behaviour and improved perceptions of centres.


Nick Donnelly, Purple Flag Co-ordinator for Waterford commented “We are delighted that Waterford has been awarded the Purple Flag status in recognition of our dedicated efforts and investment in the creation and enhancement of our evening and night time economy. We are very proud to fly the Purple Flag, reflecting the strength of ongoing partnerships and engagement activities with all key stakeholders. This was very much a team effort and we will promote the Purple Flag, using it as a stepping stone in our continuing development of a vibrant evening and night time environment which is safe and well managed.


Cllr. Lola O’Sullivan, Mayor of Waterford’s Metropolitan area, expressed her delight at the City being awarded Purple Flag status. Cllr. O’Sullivan complimented all involved in achieving the accreditation saying that “this award will be of huge benefit to the City and is an endorsement of the excellent work undertaken by the Working Group and Steering Committee, who will continue to ensure that Waterford maintains the high standards of the Purple Flag”.


Waterford joins 4 other newly accredited Irish towns Galway, Mullingar, Sligo and Westport bringing the overall number of Irish Purple Flags to a milestone of ten in total. They had their new Purple Flag status formally recognised at the First Irish Awards Ceremony that took place in Dublin on 10th February 2015.PurpleFlagLogo


What is the Purple Flag?


The Purple Flag programme was developed following the Civic Trust Night Vision report in 2006, and is now run by the Association of Town & City Management, London.


Purple Flag is:


· An accreditation process similar to Green Flag Award for schools and Blue Flag for beaches. It leads to Purple Flag status for town centres that meet or surpass the standards of excellence in the evening and night-time economy.

· A comprehensive set of standards, management processes and good practice examples designed to help transform town and city centres in the evening and at night.

· A research, training and development programme, to help towns and cities improve their evening and night-time economy.

· A positive initiative that indicates an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable night out.


About Association of Town and City Management (ATCM)

ATCM has a membership that spans the private, public and third sectors. As the largest organisation of its kind in Europe, ATCM has over the past two decades evolved into an influential voice for the town and city management community, and as a widely respected authority on policy, innovator of research, and best practice example of partnership working and cross sector engagement.


A not-for profit, mutual organisation, owned by its members, ATCM focuses on the creation, development, and management of vibrant and viable town and city centres.


WIT to research and develop commercial wood supply chain from forest stumps



Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has recently secured €92,000 in research funding from the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine to carry out research to develop a commercial wood supply chain from harvesting tree stumps.


The project, which will develop experience and capacity to commercialise stump harvesting in Ireland, as well as developing guidelines on the site conditions suitable for removing stumps, will be of significant benefit to forest owners who will have access to experienced contractors, dedicated machine systems and a developed market for stump biomass.


Mr Tom Kent, Principal Investigator on the COFORD Research Plus funded project explains that “as Ireland’s need for biomass increases due to demand for fibre and wood fuel, it is increasingly apparent that all parts of the tree have value”.


“Ireland does not have a tradition of harvesting tree stumps”, continues Mr Kent. “However it is widely practiced in Scandinavia and could provide an excellent source of biomass and fuel for Ireland, particularly when gaps in supply are forecast by 2020 based on current wood supply chain practices”.


This current tranche of funding for forestry research is funded through the COFORD Research Plus programme and aims to bridge the gap between research and commercialisation. This project builds on previous COFORD funded research conducted by WIT in conjunction with Coillte and contractors which investigated the quantity of biomass available from conifer clearfell sites after roundwood harvesting and determined the productivity of different stump harvesting and wood fuel production supply chains.


For further information on research by WIT on wood fuel supply chains, visit

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