WIT book launch and guest lecture by Justice Gerard Hogan of the Court of Civil Appeal


The School of Humanities and Department of Applied Arts would like to cordially invite you to the following events in Waterford Institute of Technology.


"John Hearne and the Constitutional Project?" Guest Lecture

11.30am, Thursday 14 April

Location: College Street Campus Waterford – Room HA17


Launch: Electoral Law in Ireland by Dr. Jennifer Kavanagh launched by Justice Gerard Hogan of the Court of Civil Appeal

Time: 2pm, Thursday 14 April

Location: Tourism & Leisure Building, Cork Road Campus – T&L Atrium


Justice Gerard Hogan of the Court of Civil Appeal will be giving a guest lecture in Waterford Institute of Technology on "John Hearne and the Constitutional Project?" at 11.30am, Thursday 14 April at WIT’s College Street Campus Waterford.


John J. Hearne was born in William Street in Waterford and wasa noted legal scholar and diplomat. He was one of the chief architects of the 1937 Constitution. He was also Irish ambassador to Canada and the US.


Justice Gerard Hogan is the foremost legal academic on Constitutional Law and Administrative law in Ireland. He was appointed to the Court of Civil Appeal in 2014 and was previously a judge of the High Court. He has written (with Gerry Whyte) the leading text on Irish Constitutional Law known to all law students. He has also written on the Origins of the Irish Constitution.


This lecture will honour a great Waterfordian and will also discuss a range of other constitutional topics. This guest lecture should be of interest to all law and humanities students and those with an interest in history.


That afternoon Dr Jennifer Kavanagh lecturer in WIT’s School of Humanities will be launching her Electoral Law book in WIT. Electoral Law in Ireland guides the reader through the labyrinthine regulation of electoral law in Ireland from the creation and registration of parties, through to administrative issues with funding, lobbying, political advertising through to issues regarding ethical aspects of political life such as Standards and Ethics in Public Office.


Further details on the book can be found at:

IAPM Conference draws international physicists to Waterford

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Over 130 physicists converged in Waterford on Friday, April 1st and Saturday, April 2nd for the Irish Association of Physicists in Medicine (IAPM) 7th Annual Scientific Meeting, which was held at the Tower Hotel.


Waterford native and Principal Physicist at UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre, Amanda Barry was delighted to bring the conference to Waterford under her tenure as President of the IAPM.  “It is a great honour to host this conference of international delegates and speakers in Waterford and I am very proud to be able to showcase what a wonderful vibrant and accessible place Waterford is.  Obviously, being my home city, I am particularly proud to call this place home and now 130 delegates will have the opportunity to experience and enjoy Ireland’s oldest city.”


The two-day event featured an interactive session on Innovation and Enterprise for scientists in healthcare, academia and commercial enterprise and was moderated by David McCullagh, RTE’s political correspondent and presenter of current affairs programme Prime Time.


On the second day of the scientific meeting, speakers and delegates were welcomed by the Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. John Cummins, who said, “Many of today’s sponsors are leading manufacturers in healthcare and I encourage any of you that are eyeing expansion to consider Waterford as a location to do business.  We are leading the way in terms of growth in life sciences and pharmaceuticals with recent large scale announcements and expansions in some of the great companies that call Waterford home.”


Guest speakers included Professor Saiful Huq, Director of Medical Physics at the Department of Radiation Oncology at UPMC CancerCenter and Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, who spoke on the topic “New paradigms and future challenges in radiation oncology.”


Professor Mats Danielsson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm addressed the delegates on the topic of “Detectors and spectral imaging for clinical imaging in CT.”


Regarding the role of the IAPM, Amanda added, “The IAPM is dedicated to advancing physics in healthcare, which ultimately benefits the good of the general public. As President I aim to support the efforts of our membership in promoting Medical Physics in Ireland and abroad, by participating and engaging directly with our own government healthcare departments and groups such as the Health and Social Care Professions Advisory Group and European and International organisations.”


“I believe working together and with other healthcare professions and organisations enables a multi-disciplinary approach to decision making to be adopted so that ultimately rounded, well-considered and robust solutions to health-care can be provided.”


Medical Physics is a branch of applied physics which uses scientific (mainly physics) principles, methods and techniques in practice and research for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human diseases with a specific goal of improving human health and well-being.


Another of Amanda’s priorities as IAPM president, includes working to ensure the profession is recognised, by establishing a registration route for medical physicists in Ireland, to ensure safety for practitioners and their patients.


Amanda, in her role as President of the IAPM, will continue to advocate excellence in clinical application through collaboration with local academic institutions, including Waterford Institute of Technology.


For further information about the Irish Association of Physicists in Medicine visit

Waterford man honours 2013 Boston Marathon bombing victims


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On April 18th, the eyes of the world will be on the 120th Boston Marathon. 


Three years ago, two bombs detonated close to the finishing line of the Boston Marathon, killing three spectators and wounding hundreds more. In the intervening years a group of proud and defiant Bostonians formed the 2013 Boston Marathon Tribute Memorial Group. 


The main objectives of the group were to remember those who had lost their lives and to raise funds for the ongoing medical needs of those injured in the blasts.


Waterford engraver, Sean Egan, was instrumental in the creation of a crystal memorial sculpture, which he, along with Cllr. John Cummins, Mayor of the City and County of Waterford will present to the 2013 Marathon Memorial Tribute Committee, who in turn, will present to the City of Boston on April 15th.


Following a chance encounter in Waterford with the 2013 Marathon Tribute Group’s Chair, Ralph Ingegneri and his wife Rose, Sean was asked to create two pieces, one to pay tribute to MIT Police Officer, Sean Collier who was shot in the manhunt following the bombing and the other to commemorate the events of April 15th, 2013.


Mike Fitzgerald, President of the 2013 Marathon Tribute Memorial Group said “We are delighted that Sean has created two heartfelt pieces that capture not only the life changing events of that day, but the resilience and strength of the people of Boston.”


“Sean’s Marathon memorial sculpture consists of three panels.  The central panel beautifully captures the 2013 Boston Marathon winner, Lelisa Desisa Benti of Ethiopia crossing the finish line.  The second panel has five doves, representing the three spectators who died that day, MIT Police Officer Collier and Officer Dennis Simmonds, who died one year later, in the line of duty.  The third panel shows the Boston City and Boston Athletic Association logos.  The panels are showcased on a backdrop of the Boston skyline, featuring the famous Longfellow Bridge and the heartfelt words of a city united in grief.”


On April 13th representatives from Waterford will travel to Boston to present the Boston Marathon Crystal Commemorative piece to the committee. Cllr. John Cummins, Mayor of the City and County of Waterford said “I am looking forward to meeting this dynamic and passionate Memorial committee, which has given so selflessly to enshrining the memories of those who died during the Marathon bombings and in the aftermath.”


“It is also an honour to travel with Sean Egan, who has created a beautiful and poignant piece for the occasion.  Craftsmen and artists, such as Sean Egan, are an invaluable asset to Waterford and it is fitting that his work is being recognised internationally.  Sean has created a beautiful brand, born in Waterford, and shared throughout the world.”


The Boston Marathon Tribute Memorial Group is endeavouring to raise funds locally, nationally and internationally to fund the sculptures and to provide funds for charities affiliated with the victims to cover medical expenses. For further information or to donate visit


For information about Sean Egan Art Glass and details about his projects visit

Exceptional young people urged to apply for new €12k WIT scholarship


Students attending WIT’s CAO Information Evening on Tuesday 5 April were the first to hear in detail about the brand new WIT President’s Scholarship Programme.


Prospective students travelled from across Ireland to the event to be the first to hear full details about the programme.


For September 2016, WIT is offering an exciting new scholarship scheme which encourages and rewards young people who show a capacity to shape a better society.


The new programme will see five exceptional young students being awarded scholarships with a total value of up to €12,000. Each President’s Scholar will receive a bursary of €2,000 per year of study along with €500 per semester on each student’s WITCard (college smart card).


“Our new scholarship programme celebrates the person. Life is more than just points. Our new scholarship is celebrating people as individuals. At WIT, we believe that many types of people shape our world. Some are creative, some are innovators, others are great leaders and more make significant contributions to community, and in our search for this year’s President’s Scholars, we are looking for students with all or some of these skills. In essence, we are looking for remarkable people who demonstrate the ability to make Irish society a better place,” said WIT President, Prof Willie Donnelly.


“Young people can be modest and may not realise the impact of their own achievements be it in the community, in creative fields, or in groups or organisations they play a role in. We are appealing to people who are aware of school leavers and college applicants interested in studying one of our 70 CAO courses at WIT to encourage them to apply for our Scholarship programme.”


Esther Doyle, PRO, Institute of Guidance Counsellors South East Branch at the launch of the Scholarship welcomed the programme:


“The Institute of Guidance Counsellors is delighted to support the innovative President’s Scholarship at WIT. Education is more than academic, it is about fostering leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, environment and social awareness among our young people, so they can become change agents and leaders in our society.


“This scholarship recognises the contribution that young people are making to society that goes beyond their school work. We congratulate Prof Willie Donnelly, President of WIT, for his promotion of holistic education and the value he places on creativity, innovation and participation in the wider community.”


President’s Scholars will also be part of the Student Ambassador programme for the duration of their studies, representing the college and the Academic School in which they study.


New free programme set to transform Waterford job seekers careers in 2016


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Eoin McGrath, former Waterford GAA Senior Hurler and founder of Mean Bean Coffee Co., with the help of Lynda Lawton, Waterford Chamber and Kathleen Doran, Innovation Academy UCD, showed their support in launching an exciting and innovative programme that will assist job seekers in Waterford. The free programme which has been developed and run by the Innovation Academy UCD, is funded by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Springboard+ Initiative. It will offer an innovative approach to third level education - which to date has resulted in 72% of all graduates going into regular employment or establishing their own business.


The programme is internationally recognised and nurtures creativity and increases the participant’s capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship; skills that are highly sought after by employers in all sectors presently. It brings together participants in groups who work on projects that stimulate creativity, problem solving and create positive environments for experiential learning. Participants also have an opportunity to connect with employers through innovation projects with industry and guest speakers.


Beginning Thursday 28th April, this course will run for 18 weeks, 2 days a week from 9am-5pm. Participants who successfully complete the course will gain a qualification from University College Dublin along with a highly transferable skill set with the skills to gain employment or to start their own business or social venture. The course applies a ‘learn by doing’ teaching method with no exams and attracts a diverse mix of people who either wish to start their own business, embark on a new career or rejoin an existing career path.


Speaking about the benefits of the course, Kathleen Doran, Wexford course facilitator and project manager said "People who may have been out of the workforce for a while can sometimes arrive with shattered confidence, but through the process of the programme, they all leave with a 'can-do' attitude. You might not have a business idea when you start, and that's ok, because the course is so hands-on it gives you the tools to help you unearth creative ideas, and ways of solving problems you couldn't have imagined you had before you started. It's about people working together to inspire each other, and test out business or fresh career ideas. If it fails that's ok too, you just come up with a new idea or a new approach. If you want help kick starting a business, a new career direction, your life...then this is definitely the course for you!"


The Waterford course is facilitated by a team of academics and entrepreneurs such as Alison Coleman, from Dunmore East and Fergal Brophy, from Dublin. Alison is an entrepreneurial specialist with a background in security and fraud investigation with leading entertainment company Sky. Fergal Brophy is also an entrepreneurial specialist, with a background in brand management where he worked with well known consumer brands Pepsi, Nivea Skincare and Kellogg’s. A lecturer and entrepreneur in his own right, Fergal is a co-founder of ‘Open Financial Services’, a Worksite Marketing company that provides financial advice to employees of Ireland’s leading multi-nationals such as Apple, Dell and Pfizer.


Professor Suzi Jarvis, Founding Director of the Innovation Academy said: "We are so delighted to be bringing the programme to Waterford, nurturing entrepreneurship and getting more people back into the workforce as we use our learnings in innovation and developing people’s creativity for business and education into communities around the country. Our whole focus is to encourage creative thinking and increase people’s capacity for innovation within their careers or with their business ideas and we see first hand new businesses shooting up following these programmes and more people re-joining the workforce with renewed confidence and energy."


The GAA through a partnership with the Innovation Academy UCD, are also lending their support to the course to reach communities around the country. The course is also championed by entrepreneurial leaders from the GAA in each province including Pat McDonagh, founder of Supermacs, Pat McDonagh, founder of Riverdeep, Brian McEniff, Director, McEniff Hotels and Frank Murphy, CEO, Monex.


For further information on the course and to register your interest please visit

Mortality rates behind Waterford and Dungarvan fitness programme for men


Men on the Move: The Best Move You’ll Ever Make 8-week programme starts on 25th April in Dungarvan and 26th April in Waterford City. It is for men who want to start exercising, want to feel fitter and have more energy.


Men on the Move, an initiative that was conceived by the Mayo Local Sports Partnership and is currently the subject of a national research project led by researchers at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), aims to improve men’s physical fitness and overall health and wellbeing.


The 8-week programme is taking bookings for its next session starting at the end of April.


“A quarter of men are now obese, compared to less than 8% 25 years ago. Latest statistics show that only 30% of men in Ireland are of ‘normal’ weight. Men tend to accumulate fat around their abdomen which impacts mortality due to circulatory disease, many cancers and respiratory disease In Ireland, male life expectancy is 4.8 years lower than that of females and men have higher death rates than women for most of the leading causes of death at all ages,” explains Dr Paula Carroll, Co-Course Leader of the Social, Personal and Health Education programmes at WIT .


“A factor in the rise in obesity and men who live sedentary lifestyles is that there aren’t enough health initiatives that men would use or on in places men would more easily access. Men on the Move is underpinned by best practice and was established to help men exercise in a setting they are comfortable to improve their overall health, well-being and physical fitness.”


The programme consists of co-ordinator led structured group exercise twice a week, two facilitated workshops [diet and wellbeing] an information booklet with a physical activity (PA) log, a pedometer for independent sessions, phone contact from local sports partnership staff and an end of programme 5km celebration event.


In 2008, Ireland was the first country in the world to publish a National Men’s Health Policy (NMHP) which calls for the development of gender sensitive health promotion initiatives for men.


While recognising the  broader social determinants of health, modifiable health behaviours such as diet, exercise, substance use, use of social support and safety practices have been identified as important contributors to health.


Waterford City

Every Tuesday and Thursday for 8 weeks beginning Tuesday, 26th April @ RSC from 6-7pm. Cost €20.



Every Monday and Wednesday for 8 weeks beginning Monday, 25th April @ Clonea Strand Hotel from 6-7pm. Cost €20.



Book your place today by calling Peter Jones on 0761 10 2191 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it alt.

Funding for National Bike Week 2016 Events in Waterford


Waterford City and County Council is currently inviting applications from community groups (see below) for funding to assist with the organisation of a cycling themed event during Bike Week 2016 which will take place from 11th to 19th June 2016. The objective of Bike Week is to celebrate cycling in all its forms and to get more people participating in cycling both for transport and recreation.


Application forms and guidelines are available here.


The types of groups which may apply are community groups, voluntary organisations, schools, sports clubs, active retirement groups, community childcare service providers, work places or any group that wishes to organise a bike related event on a ‘not for profit basis’ during Bike Week 2016.


Examples of possible Bike Week events include (but are not limited to):

  • Guided bike tour of a town/village.  These can be themed, for example, heritage, gardens, or food trips. 
  • Cycles from your school to a local amenity on cycle to school Wednesday (15th June) for bike based games such as treasure hunts and slow bicycle races; 
  • A midsummer night cycle
  • Bike maintenance workshops
  • Bike art exhibition
  • Bike school art competition, quiz or drama
  • Family fun cycle
  • Bike fashion show
  • Cycling window display competition in local shops
  • Picnic cycle
  • Fancy dress bike parade.


The list is endless!

  • Grants available may be somewhere in the range of €100 to €350 per successful group/event, depending on applications received and the nature of those applications.
  • Completed applications should be e-mailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or, alternatively, application forms can be posted to Johnny Brunnock, Community Dept., Waterford City and County Council, City Hall, The Mall, Waterford.


The closing date for applications is 4pm on Wednesday, 13th April 2016. Applications received after this time will not be considered.


For further information log onto; e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 0761 10 2496.

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