Mental Health & Suicide Awareness Conference


Olympic boxer Kenneth Egan, Cavan GAA Footballer, Alan O’Mara and international keynote speaker and author, Dr. Mark Rowe are among the guest speakers at an upcoming conference on "Supports and Developments in Mental Health Care", which will take place in the Park Hotel, Dungarvan on the weekend of the 19th-20th February. Organised by Councillor Liam Brazil, with the support of Waterford City & County Council, the conference is open to the public, who is invited to attend to hear a range of speakers, providing a wealth of expert advice and information on a wide range of issues surrounding mental health and suicide.


This is the third such conference that has been organised in Dungarvan by Waterford City & County Councillor, Cllr. Liam Brazil, and it has now become a very successful bi-annual event.


A range of high profile and high quality speakers from a number of local and national organisations are scheduled to speak at the Conference, including politician and former amateur boxer, Kenneth Egan and medical doctor, international speaker and author, Dr. Mark Rowe. Councillor Brazil himself will officiate at the official opening event at 7pm on Friday evening, 19 February.


The full schedule of guest speakers, who have a wealth of experience and personal involvement with a whole range of issues surrounding mental well-being and suicide, is available here:


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All are welcome to attend this conference – in full or in part and for further information please contact Cllr. Liam Brazil on (087) 211 9203 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Notification - Public Consultation Day – Preliminary Flood Risk Management Options for Tramore.


RPS, who are conducting the South Eastern CFRAM Study on behalf of the OPW and with the support of Waterford County Council, have produced Preliminary Flood Risk Management Options for Tramore in County Waterford.  


To provide an opportunity for all interested persons to view and comment on these options, a Public Consultation Day will be held atthe National Roads Authority Regional Design Offices, Tramore House, Pond Road, Tramore, Co. Waterford from 1.30 pm to 7.00 pm on Tuesday 16th February 2016. Members of the South Eastern CFRAM Study project team will be available to discuss and explain the flood risk management options to all attending on the day. 


The flood risk management options will be on display on the date stated and will also be accessible on the Study website from that date. Interested persons may provide observations on the options at the public consultation event and/or through the Study website.

The 2016 St. Patrick's Day Parade Needs You!


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The Waterford St Patrick’s Day parade is attended by 50,000 - 60,000 people each year with over 90 groups and hundreds of participants and is covered by local and national press. It is the biggest celebration of our culture in Waterford City. 

Three Sisters 2020 is a combined bid by Kilkenny, Waterford, & Wexford to win the title of European Capital of Culture for Ireland in 2020.

The 2016 St Patrick’s Day Parade is a fantastic opportunity to showcase Waterford’s exceptional cultural heritage and community spirit to the European Capital of Culture judging panel. 

The successful candidate will organise and host a cultural program for the year 2020. The successful bid will ensure a huge economic boost to the region of designation. 

Waterford charity groups have always played a huge role in the St Patrick’s Day Parade however it is difficult for some groups to contribute to the parade due to the expenses involved in creating and entering a float. 

This year we would like to give these groups the chance to have a bigger presence in the parade while showcasing the artistic talent of the county. 

Spraoi and Bui Bolg are two award winning and internationally renowned street spectacle creators, they have agreed to supply a number of floats to be partnered with community groups, however we need to cover the expenses associated.

This is where we are asking you to get involved. We are asking all Waterford companies and business networks to play their part in facilitating the entry of charity groups while making this year’s parade a fantastic spectacle event that will be watched by the European Capital of Culture judging panel. 

The pairing of charity groups with businesses will be done in consultation with the business, as we know a lot of companies have existing relationships with charities and groups that they would like to expand on and this is something we would encourage. The St Patrick’s Day Committee have identified the following groups but are more than happy to work with the charity of your choice; Solas Centre, Pieta House, Place of Sanctuary, Waterford Hospice, and Brothers of Charity. 


What Will It Cost to Get Involved?

Option A:

Full float, costumes for performers, branding, and production service: €2,000

Option B:

Shared option A with one other company/brand: €1,000

Option C:

Shared Option A with three other companies/brands: €500

Included in all options:
  1. Company logo on float and printed banner walking in front of float
  2. 2 x Tickets to VIP viewing stand
  3. Photoshoot with community group and float for PR purposes
  4. Tea & Coffee reception pre parade
  5. Mention on WLR by commentator on live broadcast
  6. Company name included on pre and post St Patrick Day Press Releases & social media
  7. St Patrick’s Day Parade pennant (Presented by Mayor John Cummins)

What Floats & Spectacles Are Available?


Entry 1: Parkland by Bui Bolg
Entry 2: Circus by Spraoi
Entry 3: Fire & Queen Maebh by Bui Bolg
Entry 4: Marine Madness by Bui Bolg
Entry 5: Big Bull by Spraoi
Entry 6: Mice Come Out at Night by Spraoi
Entry 7: Flowers & Butterflies by Bui Bolg
Entry 8: Fiddling Foxes and St. Patrick chaperoning the Grand Marshall


How to Contact Us

EveryEvent is the Production Company tasked by Waterford City & County Council to produce and facilitate the St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival., we would love to talk to you about how your company can get involved in the parade this year. 


Phone: 086 340 3127 (John)

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WIT brings Colleges FAI Cup finals to Waterford


The annual festival of Colleges FAI Cup finals for the third level men's soccer clubs is heading to the South East where WIT will play host in early March.


Joe O’Brien, Colleges FAI Chairman, was present at the official announcement in Waterford Institute of Technology to confirm the finals of all five cup competitions, sponsored by Umbro Ireland, will be played over two days on Tuesday and Wednesday March 7 and 8.


The flagship Umbro Cup is set to take place in the Waterford RSC, the home of SSE Airtricity League club Waterford United, while the Umbro Plate ‘B’ Team Cup, Bob Eustace Cup and for the first time the Eustace Shield will all be played at the top class Carriganore Sports Complex which boasts four grass plus top class 3G astro turf playing pitches and expansive changing facilities.


Mr O'Brien was joined by WIT’s Clubs and Societies Officer Robin Croke and John Douglas, Soccer Development Officer in WIT, to make the announcement with Mark Scanlon, the FAI National Co-Ordinator for Schools, Colleges & Universities, also in attendance.


“We are absolutely delighted that the finals are being held in Waterford IT. Waterford is a great football city and the soccer club in the institute reflects that” said O’Brien. “Robin Croke, Paul O’Brien and John Douglas all do great work here with the players on and off the pitch and the Waterford IT teams are always involved in the latter stages of our cups” added O’Brien.


Robin Croke explained that with the development of the WIT sports complex six years ago WIT has been very active in hosting third level college events as well as other local, national and international events in recent years.


“The Ladies Soccer Intervarsities Soccer finals were held there last April and various colleges and universities events including GAA, Rugby and Athletics competitions regularly take place in the Sports Complex in Carriganore so to have the men's soccer Colleges FAI Cup Finals there in March after a gap of 15 years is a great privilege for us,” pointed out Croke.


O’Brien expressed his delight that Waterford IT had readily agreed to host this year’s finals.


“Over the past number of years we have gone back to having the Colleges FAI Cup Finals hosted in our member colleges. We find it a great experience for everyone involved as it gives the host college an opportunity to showcase their college facilities to a wider community. Ten teams plus supporters will come to Waterford in March and that should provide an added boost to the local economy,” explained O’Brien.


“This will be our 43rd finals and we have to thank our long time sponsors Umbro who have agreed to remain our main sponsor for the next five years. Our thanks also to Eamon Scott and the The Herald Striker for their continued support and coverage,” added O’Brien.


Manager Paul O’Brien will take the Waterford IT first team to IT Tallaght on Wednesday February 3 in a first round fixture as they begin their bid to reach the Umbro Cup finals on their home patch next March.




200th Anniversary of the sinking of The Seahorse at Tramore


On the morning of January 30th. 1816 the transport vessel Seahorse was blown along the coast from Mine Head. The ship attempted to get to Waterford Harbour but due to the gale, high seas and the sails torn to ribbons it couldn’t weather Brownstown Head. It anchored beneath Brownstown attempting shelter and at 12.00pm. the anchors dragged. At 12.10pm. the ship struck the beach at Tramore and within an hour went to pieces due to the mountainous waves and gale. Although there were thousands of would-be rescuers on the beach it was impossible to attempt a rescue as the ship hit the sand approx. one mile out. This resulted in the loss of 363 lives including soldiers of the 59th. Regiment and some of their families, 33 women and 38 children.


The Sea Horse tragedy has left a lasting mark upon the people of Tramore. As a part of the remembrance, the Sea Horse committee has engaged the community, as the history of the Sea Horse is a collective story that belongs to all of us. ‘The commemoration can only take place with the support of our community’, stated Tracy McEneaney, the Chair of the Sea Horse committee.


The three primary schools along with Ardscoil na Mara have been busy creating images, animations shorts and documentaries, and producing writings and poems which will be on display in the Coast Guard Station in the week leading to the commemoration.




Socially engaged artist Jane Butler has further been busy working within the community with groups and individuals whose efforts will produce the hand-printed artwork ‘363, More than a Number’. The artwork pays homage to the 363 victims of the Sea Horse, and each individual victim is represented by a block printed silhouette on a fabric panel. These 363 individual fabric panels will be joined together to create a large scale artwork that honours each individual victim of the tragedy. All those who have participated in creating the artwork are asked to remember an individual man, woman or child on the anniversary of their death. ‘363, More than a Number’, will be on display during the Remembrance Service on the 30th January and in various other locations in the months to follow.


Other community groups who have lent their support and who will also volunteer on the day include the ICA, Tramore Heritage, Tramore Tourism and Tidy Towns. A number of events are scheduled for the 30th of January with many stewards and volunteers required to assist. Those wishing to lend their support for the commemoration should contact the committee via the Sea Horse Commemoration face book page.

Waterford Local Enterprise Office Student Enterprise Expo at WIT

First Student Enterprise Expo success

Local Enterprise Office delighted with the public support at the WIT Sports Complex, Carriganore

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Transition year students from Waterford secondary schools showcased their business ideas to the public last Saturday, 23rd January at the first ever Waterford Student Enterprise Expo at the WIT Sports Complex in Carriganore.


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Transition year students from Ring, Dungarvan, Tramore and Waterford City were heartily supported by the public at the showcase event, hosted by the Waterford Local Enterprise Office. The students displayed their business ideas as part of the Local Enterprise Office’s Student Enterprise Awards.

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The Waterford Student Enterprise final will take place at the same venue on 25th February and the overall winner will go forward to represent Waterford at the National finals in Croke Park in April.


For more information, please contact your Local Enterprise Office at 32 the Mall in Waterford City or 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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Minister Coffey announces designation of the North Quays as an SDZ


Minister of State for Housing, Planning and Co-ordination of Construction 2020 Strategy, Paudie Coffey TD along with the Mayor of Waterford City and County Council, Councillor John Cummins recently announced the designation of the North Quays of Waterford as a Strategic Development Zone. 


“As a Minister from Waterford I have  pursued this project for a long time, there is now a unique opportunity for accelerated and detailed master planning which will unlock the fabulous potential of the North Quays to bring significant economic development right into the heart of Waterford City,” said Minister Coffey.


My colleagues in Government have decided to designate, the North Quay area ( approx.. 8ha) in Waterford City as a Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) following consideration of a submission by Waterford City and County Council as the Development Agency.


The designation of the North Quays reflects its strategic location as a driver for supporting strategic National and Regional economic and land use policy.


The area has been acknowledged as a key strategic site at National level included in the National Development Plan dating back to 2007. Waterford City and County Council has also commissioned and adopted a design framework for the site in recent years and the site’s strategic importance has also been reflected in the recently announced Capital Plan -Building on Recovery: Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2016-2021.


The North Quays is an area that is central, available for regeneration and proximate to public services in the effective centre of Waterford City, a designated gateway in the National Spatial strategy.


This is the first SDZ designation in the Southeast and one of only two outside Dublin, which include the Dublin Docklands and Grangegorman SDZ’s and the award winning Adamstown project.


The SDZ designation provides a platform to harness the economic and social significance of the North Quays and to deliver on the regeneration potential of this strategic brownfield site, to create long term sustainable employment, improved accessibility and deliver a vibrant urban quarter through the fast track planning framework of a Strategic Development Zone.


Over the coming months Waterford City and County Council will undertake wide ranging consultations to inform and shape the development of the SDZ planning scheme. It is intended that the draft planning scheme would be submitted to the members of Waterford City and County Council for approval in late 2016.


Commenting on behalf of Waterford Chamber, Nick Donnelly, CEO said, "This is another positive news story for Waterford and we welcome the support from Minister Coffey and his team in driving the initiative forward. The opportunity to develop this unique site will position Waterford as a key location for investment and help to significantly grow our local economy and to compete for job creation opportunities in the short to medium term."

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