Dairymaster sponsors final year Ag Science awards at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT)


Waterford Institute of Technology is delighted to announce that Dairymaster, a world leader in dairy equipment manufacturing, has come on board as sponsor of two student awards for the final year of the BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science degree.


The awards, which will be presented to the students with the best final year project presentation, will be judged by a panel of experts from Dairymaster, Teagasc and WIT.


“This is an exciting development for both the students and the agricultural science programme here in WIT. Having a world leader in agriculture like Dairymaster as one of our external stakeholders is extremely exciting and gives our students the opportunity to excel academically and enhance their future career prospects,” said course leader Dr Michael Breen.


“The BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science was again one of our most popular undergraduate science courses amongst CAO applicants,” he said.




There are approx. 180 students across all four years of the Ag Science programme, with students travelling from beyond key catchment counties of Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny and Tipperary from all parts of Ireland to study Agricultural Science at WIT.


CEO and technical director at Dairymaster Dr Edmond Harty said: "Dairymaster are delighted to sponsor these two bursaries for final year Ag Science students. Delivering excellence is very important to us and this is about recognising and driving excellence in future generations in the Ag industry.”



“The Dairymaster Ag Science Student Award process will help students realise the relevance of their final year projects to a world beyond college. The bursary is very welcome in helping our students make the transition to the workplace following their studies,” added Dr Breen.

Tramore Clean Coasts Seminar Roadshow


Tramore Clean Coasts Roadshow


€17.3m urban renewal investment programme to begin in Waterford


Work will get underway next month on a major two-year urban renewal programme that will see over €17.3m invested in Waterford city centre.


The Waterford City & County Council project – funded by the government through the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government and other departments and agencies; the European Regional Development Fund and from the Council’s own resources – will improve both the functionality and appearance of much of the city centre.


Public realm improvements with a combined budget of over €6.6m will focus on High St, Henrietta St, John St, Arundel Sq, Peter St, Colbeck St, Lady Lane, St Francis Pl, Olaf St and Michael St with the centrepiece being a new canopy-style roof on the Apple Market that will weatherproof it for year-round use and make it adaptable for public events, festivals and concerts.


€5.945m will be invested on traffic management works and road improvements covering Railway Sq, Bath St, College St, Cork Rd and Manor St/Parnell St from Railway Square to the Mall.


A further €3.3m will fund upgrade works on Hennessy’s Rd, Browns Lane, Castle St, Newgate St, College St, Manor Hill, Barrack St, Blakes Lane, Convent Hill, New St and Johns Lane. €1.4m will be spent on upgrading New St, Mayor’s Walk, Stephen St, Bachelors Walk, Patrick St, John St and Millers Marsh.


While the overall programme will be completed in the first half of 2018, it is planned to have the major road schemes done by early 2017 to facilitate the urban renewal projects to take place in the city centre.


In the overall scheme, works will be phased with a dedicated Project Manager ensuring the schedule minimises their combined impact on the city centre. Local liaison groups are being established for each scheme and these will meet weekly with the Council’s site team to help ensure the projects run smoothly and that all stakeholders are kept informed and consulted.


Welcoming the commencement of works in May, Cllr John Cummins, Mayor of Waterford City & County, said: “This programme is a major statement of confidence in our city’s future and will help enable Waterford to fully meet its designation as gateway to the southeast. While there will inevitably be some level of disruption during the construction, the end results will be tremendous in terms of how our city works and looks with what has already been delivered in the Viking Triangle offering a glimpse of the standard we can expect.”


Cllr Eamon Quinlan, Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Waterford, added: “These works will be transformative for Waterford. A strong city centre is vital to how Waterford performs and the combined impact of this programme will be immense in terms of the experience Waterford offers locals and visitors. It will also improve how the city is perceived by prospective investors and send a strong signal that ours is a city primed for growth and with a great future. I welcome the assurances from the project team that all of the works will be managed and scheduled in a way that protects city residents and businesses while they are underway.”


Michael Walsh, Chief Executive, Waterford City & County Council said: “The time is right for this investment as it fits with increased private sector confidence and an improving economic outlook. It has been recognised for some years that the city centre needs a step-change in how it operates and how it is presented. This programme will deliver on both fronts and make it more attractive to visit the city centre and to stay for longer. As well as being important socially and economically in its own right, the city centre is also our shop window in terms of attracting other investment so it’s important that it both works and looks well.”

GROW HQ Centre Manager


by Michael Kelly, Founder, GIY Ireland 

With just 5 months left before we open our doors, today we start the call out for the Centre Manager role at GROW HQ.

We first started thinking about creating a physical home for the GIY movement about 4 years ago, and we had a pretty straight-forward idea - to create a place where people could come and re-connect with their food by growing, cooking and eating it.


After scouting various locations around Waterford, we settled on a high-profile, 3-acre site at Ardkeen in Waterford City. The first day I stood in the site I remember feeling somewhat skeptical about whether it could work, but gradually it dawned on me that in was, in fact, perfect. After all, over 65% of people globally live in urban areas so putting GROW HQ in an urban location (with 30,000 cars passing by every day) would make the idea of food-growing more accessible to the majority. We also felt that being across the road from University Hospital Waterford gave us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to start a new conversation about food and health.


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I remember putting on the suit jacket to present the idea to (a very forward-looking) city council in Waterford and getting their approval to give us the land. The relief when we got our planning permission. The suit jacket went on again when Taoiseach Enda Kenny came to town to launch the fundraising project in November 2013. Getting our bank approval (thanks AIB) was a big moment as was the day Solearth presented their plans for the building and everyone in the room knew they were the right partner for the build; we awarded the build project to Tom O’Brien Construction and the suit jacket was on again for the sod turning on a mucky, wet day in December of last year.


Honestly, along the way there were a few moments where I wondered whether we could pull it off (particularly the €1.4m fundraising challenge). There have been plenty of sleepless nights and moments where we’ve all been tested. But it’s always felt like a project that had a steady, unstoppable momentum all its own. It’s been unbelievable to see all the people who’ve come on board to help, the little coincidences and synchronicities. I started to suspect that GROW HQ simply wanted to happen.


It has been incredible to watch the building emerge from the ground. I could have burst with excitement the day the stunning glulam beams went up, giving definition to the sloping green roof. Last week the design and construction team got together to mark our progress and have our first tour of the building. Honestly, it was a little overwhelming to see the spaces that we had deliberated over for years on paper in their physical form for the first time. Standing on the site now, it’s easy to imagine a busy morning at the centre – a school tour learning to grow with the head grower; a group enjoying the foraging trail, people enjoying a pizza making workshop or cookery demo; the café and terrace bustling with people enjoying a home-grown meal.


I’ve always felt that there are a few critical hires for the project to work. We have a genuine commitment to ensuring that the veg, fruit and herbs you will be eating in the café will be grown by GIY – so obviously that needs an amazing Head Grower and an amazing chef that can work with the vagaries of seasonality. Most good restaurants talk about the providence of the food on menus now and rightly so. Ultimately GROW HQ café will be what you might call ‘hyper-local’ – where the food you are eating has been grown right outside the window.


The Centre Manager is the most critical hire of all. We need a leader with a passion for food and an interest in doing something completely untried to come on board to shape this exciting project through its final stages of planning and opening our doors to the world. Someone willing to give everything they have to and join a growing, passionate team at GIY. Like everyone at GIY they will need to be a multi-tasker, with an uncanny knack for juggling and have a can-do attitude, incredible energy and positivity.


Given that the café is the engine for everything else, it’s likely that the Centre Manager will come from the food and beverage world and have a track record of starting or running a successful café or restaurant. But they will also need that X factor that’s harder to pin down – a shared passion for our ethos, and an understanding that GROW HQ is more than just a retail centre but has a food empathy and education mission at its core.


In our view, many of the problems in human health are caused because we’ve lost our connection with food. GROW HQ is about restoring that connection. Do you share that view? Then, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get started. Come join us.


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Irish Society for Theatre Research Conference


Conversations on Collaborations


The School of Humanities, Waterford Institute of Technology, in association with the Irish Society for Theatre Research, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford Theatre Royal and the Arts Council will host the annual Irish Society for Theatre Research conference on the 22nd and 23rd of April. The conference is designed to appeal to those interested in research into Irish theatre history and contemporary theatre practice both nationally and internationally. Members of the public, theatre practitioners and researchers are welcome to attend all events and tickets can be purchased for the conference as a whole or for individual events. The title and theme of this year’s conference is ‘Conversations on Collaborations’, and many of the events take this theme as a starting point. Dr Una Kealy and Kate McCarthy from the Department of Creative and Performing Arts, curators of the event for WIT, describe the conference as ‘An attempt to reflect the vibrant and diverse nature of contemporary Irish theatre practice which shines a light on regional theatre collaborations and recognises the contribution to theatre practice and scholarship made by Irish women’.


Keynote speakers and conference papers


Keynote speakers for the conference are Dr Cathy Leeney of University College Dublin, (presenting on Friday 22nd April in Garter Lane Arts Centre), and Christine Poulter of Trinity College Dublin (presenting on Saturday 23rd April in the Chapel, College Street Campus, WIT). Conference panels will take place over Friday and Saturday in the College Street campus of WIT and full details of the schedule of conference papers is available from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Theatre performances, readings and workshops


As well as a diverse array of conference presentations on different aspects of theatre history, practice and performance, performances, play readings and practical theatre workshops are scheduled. Waterford Theatre Royal will host Fishamble Theatre Company on the 22nd and 21st of April when Pat Kinevane will perform Underneath and Silent respectively and Jim Culleton, Artistic Director for Fishamble Productions, will facilitate a workshop in theatre directing in the Dance Studio, College Street Campus, WIT on Saturday 23rd. Dr Una Kealy of WIT will facilitate a post-show discussion with Pat Kinevan and Jim Culleton after the performance of Underneath on Friday 22nd April. Tickets for these performances and workshop can be booked through the Theatre Royal box office. Two new plays will also be presented on Saturday 23rd April as readings. Nora & Jim by Gerry Smyth is based on the relationship between Nora Barnacle and James Joyce and Strike! by Tracy Ryan takes the Dunnes Stores anti-apartheid protest as its subject. Both play readings will take place at the College St. Campus.


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Tickets, bookings & information


Full conference tickets are priced from €40 concessions and €95 for full-price tickets. Tickets for the Fishamble performances and workshop must be purchased separately. Tickets for each keynote lectures are priced at €10. Tickets are available for conference events via the box offices at Garter Lane Arts Centre on 051 855038 and the Theatre Royal on 051 874402.  For more information please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit the ISTR website at or the ISTR@WIT2016 Facebook page at 


Opportunity to learn from best hotel in the world at Waterford event


Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) Hospitality Graduate Entrepreneurs Forum is a great opportunity for potential students and businesses to make hospitality connections


Niall Rochford, general manager of Ashford Castle, winner of many international hotel awards, will give the opening address at a half day event at WIT on 19 April which is open to the public.


Food entrepreneurs, artisan producers, people interested in carving out a career in hospitality, and management in hospitality businesses are invited to book a place on the WIT Hospitality Graduate Entrepreneurs Forum at WIT on Tuesday, 19 April.


Other guest speakers will include: Peter Ward, Nenagh Country Choice and Director of Good Food Ireland, Mary Walshe Lawlor, CEO Carlow Rural Development, Marian Keane, branch manager AIB The Quay Waterford on approaching banks as well as enterprising graduates.


“WIT’s Department of Languages, Tourism and Hospitality is bringing its hospitality graduate entrepreneurs back to WIT for the first time to share their stories. After having five years of graduates on the Diploma in Restaurant Management now it is fitting to celebrate many success stories from this programme,” said WIT hospitality management lecturer Jacinta Greene Beatty.


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“Creating these connections with past and present students at WIT strengthens not only the learning outcomes for the present students of the Hospitality courses available here in WIT; it facilitates the creation of symbiosis for our local businesses and entrepreneurs,” she added.


The event is also an ideal opportunity for people thinking of returning to college to find out about opportunities. Programmes include: the Diploma in Restaurant Management Programme, Total Immersion Programme in Professional Cookery and the Springboard Artisan course.


Ray Cullen, head of WIT’s Department of Languages, Tourism and Hospitality highlighted the importance of the hospitality sector to the Irisheconomy and the added value training brings to it.


“It is one of the most important service sectors in the Irish economy, contributing €3bn to the economy.  There are 158,000 people directly employed within 16,000 enterprises in the hospitality sector. A main challenge for the industry is to provide appropriate training, education and clear progression pathways.


“As one of the leading providers of hospitality courses WIT works closely with industry in a number of ways such as the provision of short part-time hospitality programmes to meet industry needs. Many hospitality operators accommodate us taking our students out to their business during the academic year and showcase best practice.


“Businesses that realise the benefits and the importance of training and development and working with WIT to enhance their business support their staff to enroll on the Diploma in Restaurant Management. We’re lucky to have businesses who have sponsored students almost every year,” added Jacinta Greene.


See for details. For enquiries and bookings email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


HOPE Charity Art Auction In Aid Of SERVE


Hope Charity Event


A charity art event in aid of SERVE will take place from Friday, 13th May to Sunday, 15th May 2016 within Soma Contemporary Gallery at 6 Lombard Street, Waterford.


So what is this charity Art Event in Aid of:


SERVE is a development and volunteering organisation committed to tackling poverty in the majority world. SERVE has worked in partnership with the Presentation Sisters in Cebu, in the Philippines, since 2003, working on behalf of the Badjao tribe. The Badjao tribe have traditionally been a nomadic, seafaring people, living off the sea, earning their living through trading and subsistence fishing. They lived close to the shore by erecting houses on stilts, and travelled using handmade boats which many also lived in. The Badjao Tribe are amongst the most abandoned and vulnerable people in the Philippines. They face repeated and sustained discrimination and injustices in a wide range of areas including social and community marginalisation, human rights, education, health, economic and social infrastructure development. The programme of support and work undertaken by SERVE and the Presentation Sisters addresses the diverse and multifaceted issues, while aiming to truly empower the Badjao tribe to become a progressive, self-reliant, assertive community responsible for their own development.


During the last 10 years, the Presentation Sisters painstakingly secured a plot of land for the Badjao and with the help of SERVE and it’s volunteers they have built secure homes for 212 families incorporating drainage, electricity and sceptic tanks. A school for 240 children and a community centre have also been constructed on the site and have transformed the lives and opportunities available to the Badjao tribe. Adult literacy programmes are also being run in the school to allow the older Badjao tribe members to receive literacy and numeracy classes, which would have previously been out of reach of the Badjao community due to widespread discrimination. A nutrition programme has been implemented to combat ill-health and nutrition of children, providing nutrition packs to orphaned and vulnerable children. Livelihood skills training has also enhanced the income generation possibilities of the Badjao tribe through boat making, bead-work, vegetable production, market infrastructure, and marketing and sales. This excellent work continues through the support of donations from the Irish public and Irish volunteers and ongoing partnerships with institutions like WIT.


During the summer of 2016, a WIT student Emma Ryan, as a SERVE volunteer will work directly to contribute to SERVE’s ongoing work with the Badjao tribe to provide:

  • Educational support and funding for essential educational equipment for the Nano Nagle Care and Learning Centre (Badjao school).
  • Capacity building of local teachers to boost the educational and literacy performance of young Badjao children.
  • Music and Art education programme, incorporating Youth Leadership for Badjao teachers and students.
  • Youth Training & Educational Programmes.

Your support of this Charity Art Event will be hugely appreciated and make a long-lasting impact on the Badjao community.


The event is sponsored by:

  • Loughlin Bowe antique and Fine Art Auctioneers Kilkenny
  • Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Ardkeen Quality Foods Waterford 
  • Soma Contemapary Gallery Waterford 
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