UK Foundation invest €750k in Professorial Chair in Human Nutrition at WIT




The Howard Foundation in the UK and Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) have recently signed an agreement worth €750,000, establishing Prof John Nolan, Principal Investigator of the Macular Pigment Research Group (MPRG) as the Howard Chair in Human Nutrition.


Dr Alan Howard, Chair of the board of the Howard Foundation commented, “We have worked with the MPRG for over six years, and have been impressed by the novelty and importance of their research involving macular carotenoids, and particularly the lead shown by their Chief Investigator, Prof John Nolan. We wish to ensure that this work continues on a permanent basis and that WIT continues to develop as a leading scientific and academic centre in the South East of Ireland.”


Professor John Nolan, Principal Investigator of the MPRG and Howard Chair recipient said “I am honoured to be supported by the Howard Foundation as a Howard Chair in Human Nutrition Research. Dr Alan Howard has himself achieved so much in science, and has been a fantastic mentor for me.


“This Chair empowers me to continue working in the area of nutrition for human health and will allow me to continue to conduct research with my specialised team at the very highest level. We have a lot of exciting projects planned for the future, and securing the Howard Chair is essential to realising these projects. I look forward to representing the MPRG, WIT and the Howard Foundation in this unique position”.


According to Dr Ruaidhrí Neavyn, President of WIT, “The establishment of the Howard Chair is a very important development for WIT, and particularly for its research community. This Chair strengthens further the very fruitful relationship in place between WIT and the Howard Foundation in Cambridge and clearly reflects on the positive research achievements to date in this important area of research.”


As part of the agreement, the Foundation is also funding a two year Howard Fellowship for Dr. Alfonso Prado-Cabrero who will study the origins of the nutrients in the human eye which make up the protective eye pigments, which are known the macular carotenoids.


The MPRG, led by Prof Nolan, is based at the Vision Research Centre, Carriganore House at WIT’s West Campus and studies the role of nutrition for human health. To date, Professor Nolan has secured over €5 million in research funding in support of these studies, including a €1.5 million grant from the prestigious European Research Council (ERC), and he is currently managing several projects in the area of human nutrition.


The research group has contributed greatly to ways to prevent blindness and enhance visual performance for the general population. While they continue to study and publish data on the link between nutrition and eye health, their work has now evolved to study the link between human nutrition and brain health and function.


Prof Nolan has successfully supervised 11 students to MSc, PhD and MD level, and is currently supervising six PhD candidates as part of ongoing projects at the MPRG. He has presented at over 70 international scientific conferences and has published over 70 peer-reviewed scientific papers on his area of research (1731 citations, H index 25). Prof Nolan is also Chair of the international Macular Carotenoids Conference, which is held at Downing College, Cambridge University, UK.

Solas Centre launches 2014 South East Run for Life in partnership with Datapac




The South East Cancer Foundation / Solas Centre is proud to announce a partnership with Datapac for the 2014 South East Run for Life. Speaking at the launch Karen O’Connor, General Manager of Datapac said, “The South East Run for Life is a truly inspiring event to be involved with and it will be a privilege to work with the Solas Centre to ensure the events success.”


The Solas Centre is delighted to partner with Datapac for this year’s event and also acknowledged the continuing support of Beat 102-103.


Now in its seventh year, The Solas Centre South East Run for Life is the highlight of the South East’s sporting calendar. Almost 2,000 participants and spectators are expected to participate in this year’s event which takes place on Sunday, October 5th.


Every year across Waterford, Wexford, Tipperary, Carlow and Kilkenny 2,000 people are diagnosed with cancer. This year the Solas Centre aims to have 2,000 sponsored participants run, jog or walk the 10 mile route; that’s one runner, to represent the 2,000 people diagnosed with cancer across the south east region.


The South Eastern Cancer Foundation’s Solas Centre is a charity 100% reliant on income raised through fundraising to support its services. Based in a state of the art facility, the Solas Centre is regarded as one of the leading cancer support facilities in the country. The centre is a haven for those affected by cancer, where they can avail of confidential, informal and free support services such as counselling, psychotherapy therapy, massage, reflexology and support groups provided by highly trained individuals in a professional manner.


According to Dr. Brian Creedon, Chairman South Eastern Cancer Foundation, the success of the Solas Centre is down to the generosity and support of all communities across Waterford and the South East.


“Our goal is to provide the very best cancer support services to those who have been diagnosed with cancer. In order to do so we must fundraise. The South East Run for Life is a wonderful way for participants to get out, get fit, have fun and raise money for a good cause.”


If you want to take part in the South East Run for Life 2014 which takes place on Sunday, October 5th, sponsorship cards are available to download at, or can be collected from the Solas Centre at Williamstown, Waterford. Alternatively you can visit Beat 102 103 studios or AIB branches.


For further information contact the Solas Centre on 051 304604 or check out the ‘Solas Centre South East Run for Life’ Facebook page or Twitter @solascentre

Summer in the City


Come into Waterford City on Fridays and Saturdays this August and enjoy entertainment for all the family. Why not avail of the special parking rates from €1 per hour for the late night shopping on Fridays. Watch out for give-aways and special offers as well as gigs on John Roberts Square and New Street Gardens and on Saturdays gigs also on the William Vincent Wallace Plaza, Bishops Palace Gardens and on Bailey’s New Street.


Summer in the City is a partnership between Waterford Council, Waterford Chamber of Commerce, Waterford Business Group, Blackwater Irish Spirits (Muldoons) and the Arts Council.



Waterford Harbour Sailing Club


Waterford Harbour Sailing Club would like to invite all ladies to join us for an afternoon sail on a yacht.


The “WOMEN ON THE WATER” initiative has been introduced by the Irish Sailing Association to encourage women to “Get aboard” and try a new sport.


Thursday, 7th August at 2.45pm at the Club in Dunmore East for a pleasant 2 hr sail.


Life jackets supplied, just wear sneakers/deck shoes and bring a warm jacket.


Weather forecast warm and sunny, with a little breeze, ideal conditions.


Drinks and snacks in the Sailing club afterwards.


This is free of charge but a donation to the “Pink Ribbon Campaign” appreciated.


Please ring Trudi O’Leary 087 2455533 if you would like to join us.


Looking forward to meeting you all.





WIT leads €2.8M project to boost regional economic development




Ireland and the South East will benefit from a new research project which will boost regional economic development, job creation, new enterprise start-ups, and the commercialisation of research as well as support the long term sustainability of the region.


Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), together with 14 partners, has been awarded €2.8 million to lead the project known as eDigiregion which aims to develop smart specialisation Regional Innovation Systems (RIS).


According to Prof. Bill O’Gorman, Project Director, “eDIGIREGION, through a series of cross-border transnational collaborations and internationalisation activities in the technology domains of the EU Digital Agenda, will support open innovation, boost regional competitiveness, and unlock new national and international business opportunities for SMEs.


“A particularly unique aspect of the eDIGIREGION project is its intention to push ‘live’ research through the pipelines created by the Joint Action Plans in the four partner regions by facilitating regional actors (researchers, SMEs, government agencies and funding agencies) to bring technology through the innovation process, from research to innovation to commercialisation.”


eDigiregion, which is funded under the European Framework (FP7), consists of four high-potential research-driven clusters in diverse European regions including the South East of Ireland; Central Hungary; Castilla-La Mancha in Spain; and Bucharest-Ilfov in Romania.


The project will bring together regional stakeholders such as local/regional government, universities/institutes of technology, research centres, government enterprise support agencies, financial institutions, venture capital agents and industry into a coherent, collaborative and cooperative process of engagement.


The Ireland partners involved in eDIGIREGION – Kernel Capital, IBEC, South East Regional Authority (SERA) and WIT – will work with regional stakeholders in the South-East to plan, design and implement an ecosystem of research, innovation, creativity and commercialisation to develop a Joint Action Plan, which will result in the implementation of the region’s smart specialisation Regional Innovation System (RIS). In doing so, the South-East will be able to enhance its sustainable competitiveness by exploiting the region’s strengths and smart specialisations.


Prof O’Gorman continues, “The region-specific Joint Action Plan, and an inter-regional Joint Action Plan with a consortium of partners across the EU, will enhance the South-East’s economic development, the level of new enterprise start-ups, the rate of job creation, the commercialisation of research, and the long term sustainability of the region.”


eDIGIREGION was funded under the European Framework (FP7) (Theme Regions-2012-2013-1 Transnational Cooperation Between Regional Research-driven Clusters initiative).


For further information, visit or contact Professor Bill O’Gorman, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Art on The Railings Joins Spraoi!


art-on-the-railingsFor one weekend, the Artist On The Railings outdoor exhibition will be joining the Spraoi festivities on Saturday, 2nd August from 11am to 4pm.


Looking for something to brighten up your home? There will be over 35 artists showing their work on the railings around Bishops Palace and Christchurch Cathedral with quirky, affordable pieces of work.


The exhibition space has grown since the artists first started exhibiting in June of this year and the artists are delighted to have a chance to show their work in Waterford.


A joint collaboration between Destination Waterford City Tourism, Waterford Arts office and The Viking Triangle Trust Co., this is a first for Waterford. So join us on Saturday, 2nd August from 11am onwards and something may just catch you eye!

Food Academy gives small food producers a big chance


Supervalu Waterford showcases five local food graduates from Food Academy

What began as a collaboration between SuperValu, Bord Bia, 31 Local Enterprise Offices and hundreds of small food producers, has seen the first ‘class’ of food producers graduate from the Food Academy Start programme.


Local producers from Waterford City and County; Gino’s Ice-cream, Ponticelli Coffee, The Early Bird Egg Company, Edelicious and Sea of Vitality took part in the tailored retail programme and this week saw their products displayed on the shelves of Caulfield’s SuperValu in Waterford.


Thomas Caulfield of Caulfield’s SuperValu Group, welcomed the new producers to the aisles of the Morgan Street store, commenting that “There is a rich tapestry of tastes and flavours on offer from the five companies, from coffee roasted exclusively in Waterford and bread made from seaweed to fresh flavoursome ice-cream, home-made sauces and accompaniments and organic, farm-fresh, free-range eggs.”


He added, “We are delighted to offer these new businesses the opportunity to showcase their products in our store and to introduce these new, exciting, indigenous ranges to our customers.  The producers in question are in start-up or early start phases and the products they are bringing to market are the embodiment of all that is good about Irish foodstuffs and we are proud to support them on this journey. ”




In September 2013, ‘Food Academy Start’ was launched in order to help develop Ireland’s artisan food industry, to deliver a consistent level of food marketing knowledge created for new and early-stage food business owners and to provide small food business with a solid foundation to progress to shelves of retailers.  The five Waterford producers participated in a series of workshops and one-to-one mentoring followed by a process of focus group testing and brand development.


Ciaran Cullen of Local Enterprise Office Waterford which implemented and funded the programme was pleased to be involved with the initiative.  “SuperValu and Bord Bia developed a challenging yet rewarding programme for the participants.  The five Waterford businesses have unique food products which they worked hard on developing and deserve to reach a wide customer base on the shelves of SuperValu, as their product will be available in local SuperValu stores for a period of twelve weeks.”


“The food culture in Waterford has shifted perceptively in the last few years.  While consumers look for value, they still want, where and when possible, to support local producers because of their assured quality and traceability.  Here in Waterford we are lucky to have a dedicated group of food producers who are making great strides in putting Waterford on the Irish food map.”


The five local food producers will be trialed throughout the rest of the Waterford SuperValu stores and will be on the shelves of Garvey’s SuperValu Dungarvan, Quish’s SuperValu Tramore and Kelliher’s SuperValu Cappoquin from September 2nd.


If you have a business idea, find out about what assistance is available to you from your Local Enterprise Office at 32, The Mall in Waterford City or the Civic Offices in Dungarvan. Alternatively you can email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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