Waterford: change is on the horizon


Make sure to check out an article about the vision for the future for Waterford in the Sunday Business Post (dated Sunday, 31st August). The article feature comments from some of Waterford’s local business owners, managers, politicians, Waterford Chamber CEO Nick Donnelly and Waterford City & County Council CEO, Michael Walsh.


Whilst Waterford has faced many challenges in recent years, this article illustrates that Waterford is a city with a vision, is open for business and adopting a very positive attitude about the future. Ray O’Connor, IDA Regional Business Development Manager said, “Waterford’s best chance of winning multinational investment is to play up its role as the regional gateway” which represents both a challenge and opportunity for Waterford.


Waterford City & County Council is also working with the IDA on a proposal for site levelling works on a site zoned for strategic investment in Knockhouse which is another positive news story from Waterford.

Love Irish Food Lunch



Ballymaloe to inspire local food producers at enterprising lunch

As part of the Harvest Festival in September the Local Enterprise Office in Waterford has organised a lunch on Friday September 12th in the dining room of Dooley’s Hotel to celebrate the vast array of local food producers.


The key note speaker at the lunch will be Yasmin Hyde, founder of Ballymaloe Foods Ltd, including Ballymaloe Country Relish and daughter of Myrtle Allen.


This lunch is a celebration of food in Waterford and the South East. With the assistance of the Love Irish Food Initiative, diners will enjoy the best food Waterford and the South East has to offer.


In the 1930′s Ivan Allen started growing tomatoes on Ballymaloe farm. However he found that when he tried to sell them at the local markets, people didn’t know what they were! This left his wife, Myrtle with a glut of tomatoes in her kitchen so she decided to start making a country relish with them. This relish went on to become a very popular and much loved part of all family meals.


In 1990, Yasmin started producing Ballymaloe Country Relish in her kitchen for local shops and restaurants. She quickly out grew this small space and moved into purposely built kitchens in Little Island, Co. Cork, Ireland. Yasmin’s daughter, Maxine travels to a lot of food fairs and events spreading the word about Ballymaloe. Maxine and her team are regulars at Bloom, The Ploughing Championships, TasteFest Cork, A Taste of Dublin, A Taste of Donegal, The Electric Picnic and many more.


Lar Power, Director of Economic Development in Waterford commented on the importance of the event, “The Love Irish Food lunch has become a popular event during the Harvest Festival and we are delighted to have such a renowned person in the Irish Food Industry to speak this year. This industry is now a vital component in the revival of the Irish economy and Waterford is fortunate to have such a proliferation of quality food producers. The Love Irish Food lunch is important, to celebrate what we have, but also to inspire others to create the next generation of food businesses.”


This lunch coincides with the launch of the first five food producers from National Food Academy. All five are from Waterford and are currently on the shelves of Supervalu stores in Waterford City, Tramore and Dungarvan.


Kieran Rumley, Executive Director of Love Irish Food, “We are delighted to again be asked to participate in this lunch, the food industry has always been very strong in the southeast and our membership from the area continues to grow”.


Tickets (just €15) for this lunch can be purchased from the Local Enterprise offices in Waterford City and Dungarvan or from the reception at Dooley’s Hotel.


This event has been fortunate enough to have been sold out well in advance for the past two years so early booking is advised.


The Local Enterprise Office offers support services for start-up and existing SME’s in Waterford City and County. For more information on food production assistance please contact 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

ISPCC Enchanted Forest Ball



Monster Fireworks Display at Tramore Amusement Park




UPDATE (3:15pm on 21/06/14): Please note there has been a change to this weekends firework display. Due to very bad weather forecast for Sunday we are moving the Firework display to Saturday 23rd instead. All the same times apply. We are sorry for the short notice but we think it's better to move the event rather than cancel with the bad weather . Please share this with friends and family. Thanks and we hope to see you on Saturday for a great family day out


Dragons' Eggs, Flying Fish and Roman Candles - no not a collection of clues in a riddle but just some of the names of the spectacular fireworks effects that will light up the sky over Tramore on Saturday night, 23rd August


Tramore Amusement Park presents its forth annual Family Fun Day with a host of family activities including free face painting, free balloons and balloon art, stilt walkers, fire breathers, clowns, hip hop dancers, drama groups and loads of free giveaways.


In what promises to be a wonderful family day out, the whole event will come to a climax with the Monster Fireworks Display at 9:40pm approx.


Huge crowds are expected again this year to enjoy the day, and especially the unique atmosphere created by fireworks reach literally hundreds of feet into the night sky.


With a mixture of thrill rides and a host of family attractions, Tramore Amusement Park caters for all ages. The Wild Mouse Spinning Rollercoaster and Jungle River log flume rides are joined by the Goldmine Express, a family rollercoaster which can be enjoyed by parents and children together. Machines such as the Dominator, Waltzer, Future Dance and others are "white-knuckle" favourites, while lots of games of skill and chance are enjoyed by those who love to win a prize of two while remaining on solid ground!


With its wide array of kiddie rides the Park provides hours of the best family entertainment. All the usual attractions and the extra fun items on Saturday, 23rd August will guarantee a truly memorable family day out.


When the sun starts to set, and the lights come on, a magical atmosphere is created. The rides, the games, and the music combine to make Tramore Amusement Park a wonderful fairground experience. Saturday, 23rd August will be even more special when some wonderful family memories are created.


So for the best family day out this summer don't miss Tramore Amusement Park Saturday, 23rd August for a day full of fun, frolics and fireworks.

Local food heroes central to Waterford’s Harvest Festival



Harvest Festival food events to tickle the taste buds

From the smallest food businesses working from home kitchens to international market leaders of the food industry, this year’s Harvest Festival will showcase the best of what Waterford and the South East food producers have to offer.


The Harvest Festival takes place in Waterford on the weekend of the 12th to 14th September 2014. Now in its sixth year, the three day festival has built a reputation as a valuable showcase for local and regional food producers. Young and young at heart alike will be able to find something to whet their appetites throughout Waterford’s city centre, the Viking Triangle and the three City Centre Parks.


Since pagan times, the harvest festival has been a time to celebrate the crop, where family and community to relax and enjoy the fruits of their labour, and this year’s festival intends to do just that. New events to the programme include The Big Taste in John Robert’s Square, The New Street Garden Party and Wyse Weekend, along with the welcome return of the Enterprising Food Village, Picnic & Play in the Park and The Viking Rocks Craft Beerfest.


From buttered blaas to protein milk, craft beer to creamy cupcakes, pulled pork and prime beef to garden greens, the Harvest Festival has something to suit all taste buds. Visitors can expect a variety of succulent street food from festival favourites and a smorgasbord of celebrity chefs such as Darina Allen in the Grow HQ Kitchen event.


Chair, Paul Nolan is looking forward to this year’s Festival, “We are extremely excited with the plans for September’s Harvest Festival. Personally I am delighted that this year we are focusing on highlighting, promoting and supporting the food producers in the region.”


“We want to make it a city wide festival that encompasses city centre retail, the historic Viking triangle and amenities such as New Street Gardens, Wyse Park and the People’s Park. We hope everyone supports their local food producers and enjoys what will be a wonderful weekend.”


This year’s festival promises a congruence of sights, sounds, tastes and aromas with cookery demonstrations, foodie films, tastings and workshops, all making Waterford City one big street party for Harvest weekend.


All roads lead to Waterford on 12th-14th September. If you want to know more the Harvest Festival’s full programme of events is available on A Festival brochure will be distributed and also widely available throughout the City and County over the coming weeks. Be sure to keep up to date on all things Harvest Fest by checking it out on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

Chamber welcomes Waterford City Centre Management Plan


WaterfordCityCentreManagementPlan2013Waterford Chamber has welcomed the City Centre Management Plan launched by Waterford City Council earlier this week. The €600,000 planned investment to revitalise the city centre includes:


  • Incentives to encourage Craft Studios/Craft Shops and new businesses not currently trading in Waterford to occupy commercial premises/retail units that have been vacant over an extended period of time
  • Reduced pay and display on-street parking charges
  • Further investment in urban renewal beyond the Viking Quarter
  • KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) in the form of a ‘Health Check’ and the management process to track progress and ensure the delivery of actions.


Nick Donnelly, Waterford Chamber CEO commented, “The outputs from the City Centre Management Plan provide a platform which can drive future development and growth in our city centre. It has come at a crucial time as Waterford positions itself to compete and that every effort is made to re-establish the city centre as the main shopping centre for Waterford with complimentary leisure and cultural activities also provided.”


Waterford Chamber was one of the key stakeholders involved in developing the Plan and commenting further Nick Donnelly said, “We want to thank City Council on providing the leadership around developing this Plan, as well as the various other stakeholders. The challenge now for all of us is to deliver on the key actions within the agreed timeframe and ultimately this is how we will be judged in terms of our efforts.”


Download copies of the Plan and supporting documents via the links below.


PDF Waterford City Centre Management Plan 2013

PDF Waterford City Retail Investment Prospectus

PDF Craft Shop Scheme

PDF Shop Fit Out Grant Scheme

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