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WIT Arena wows visitors on exclusive pre-opening tour


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The doors of the WIT Arena on Waterford Institute of Technology's (WIT) West Campus, Carriganore, Waterford were opened for a number of preview tours for staff, and media on Wednesday, 8 June.


As well as serving as a sports facility for students and a resource for the Department of Health, Sports and Exercise Science, the WIT Arena will be a valued addition to the region as a conference, entertainment and sporting venue.


Close to 100 WIT personnel got the chance to view the impressive new facilities first-hand before they are opened to the public in September 2016.


The multi-purpose sports arena building at WIT’s West Campus, Carriganore is due for completion over the summer and students starting at WIT in September 2016 will be the first to fully benefit from the sports facilities on offer. A free shuttle bus will link WIT’s main campus on the Cork Road with the €20m WIT Arena.


Visitors were addressed by WIT President, Prof Willie Donnelly and Mike Geoghegan, CEO of Direct Campus Services which supports the non academic service requirements of students and staff at WIT such as accommodation, food, sport and fitness.


The Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Science faculty and sports scholarships students were also in attendance. A fact-filled tour of the extensive facility was given by Sport & Recreation Manager Michael Evans.


Prof Donnelly highlighted the opportunities the finished facility will offer to the region, the local community as well as current and future students.


“This is a fantastic addition for anybody who wants to study in WIT. It’s going to provide probably one of the best indoor and outdoor sports facilities in Ireland. I think it’s particularly important that students have this access to both the best education and the best facilities for health and fitness.”


Mr Geoghegan welcomed the opportunity to work on the new sports arena. “I believe in the importance of the link between sport and education and I think this facility will serve the students and the community for years to come.”


The completion of this building will complement the existing grass, all-weather and support facilities at the sports campus. The completed facility will provide up-to-date modern and scientific sports facilities, gymnasiums, teaching and learning lecture rooms for the Institute’s student and staff community.


It includes a 2,000 sq m ‘aula maxima’ or great hall where large scale official WIT events can be hosted. This facility will also be suited to host conferences and large external sporting, business and social events for the region.


Dr Aoife Lane, Head of the Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Science says that staff and students in the Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Science are eagerly awaiting the opening of the WIT Arena.


“We look forward to teaching and learning in an environment that will so strongly support an ethos and practice of innovation, performance and real world engagement. The WIT Arena can inspire us to be better and to reach higher by working closely with the wider sport, business, health, science, engineering and humanities sectors across the Institute, and to engage in new ways with our local community.”

Daytripper Waterford 2016


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East's biggest music festival, Daytripper, returns to Waterford at the RSC for Year 4 from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd July. Leftfield play an exclusive Irish live performance on the Friday with support from King Kong Company, The Disconauts, Mr C & Bushwacka!, Mark Kavanagh, Shane Johnson and Republik DJs to add to the 'Homelands Revisited' theme.


On Saturday, Ocean Colour Scene celebrate the 20th Anniversary of their classic album 'Moseley Shoals', ably supported by Stereo Mcs, Neville Staple (The Specials), Smash Hits, Mad Ferritt (playing an Oasis Knebworth '96 set), Discopunks, Kelly Anne Byrne and Get Down Edits. 


Finally on Sunday, 'Daytripper does 80s' with Paul Young playing his first Irish show in 18 years with support from Aslan, Big Country, Rebel Rebel (The David Bowie Experience), Spring Break, the Unusual Suspects and 80s clubs 'Fade To Grey' and 'Indie Disco'. Individual Day Tickets at €42.50 are available now at, 051 874402 and the Theatre Royal Box Office


Relive memories, or create now ones – Make Tramore your ‘must see’ location for Summer 2016!


Tourism receives a boost as Celebrity Silhouette calls to Port of Waterford


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The largest cruise ship due to call at the Port of Waterford this year berthed off Dunmore East this week with 2,850 passengers and 1,500 crew on board.


‘Celebrity Silhouette’ was berthed off Dunmore East for 10 hours with passengers coming ashore for a range of day-long excursions, providing a good early summer boost to the local tourism industry.


In all, 16 cruise ship calls are scheduled at Waterford from May-September this year. Between them, the liners involved have capacity for over 9,600 passengers and almost 5,700 crew. 

RTÉ and Waterford Institute of Technology announce joint funding of research projects




WIT has in expertise mobile technology, engineering, and information technology, areas which are relevant to the development of the future broadcasting industry


RTÉ and Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) have today announced a two-year agreement to jointly fund a research project of significance to the Waterford area which will inform both RTÉ’s and WIT’s work in the region.


The announcement of the joint research programme was made following an RTÉ Board meeting held at Carriganore House on WIT’s West Campus, which is also the location of the RTÉ South-East Regional studios. WIT’s West Campus is home to the NRCI and TSSG research centres and incubation hub, Arclabs.


Commenting on the announcement, Kevin Bakhurst, Acting Director-General, RTÉ said, “This announcement represents a further development of our partnership with Waterford Institute of Technology and supports our shared aim of serving the community, following the opening of regional studios on campus two years ago. Research plays an important role in helping RTÉ understand how we can make an even greater positive impact on Irish life and continue to meet the needs of our audiences throughout the country.”


RTÉ and WIT will jointly make seed funding available to support research projects of mutual interest and benefit that will directly impact on the development of broadcasting in the region.


These projects may include research on new technologies and their impact on broadcasting, on regional audiences and audience development, and on multi-lingual broadcasting, with a particular focus on the Irish language in the region. The projects will inform RTÉ’s policies on the further enhancement of its regional broadcasting and WIT’s own future strategy as an innovative higher education institution.


“We are delighted to support these research programmes with our partner RTÉ,” said WIT President Prof Willie Donnelly, welcoming the initiative.


“The potential exists for the south-east of Ireland to be a leader in the future development of the broadcasting industry and the expertise that exists within WIT in the areas of mobile technology and engineering, information technology, and related areas makes the fit between RTÉ — which has great and positive ambitions in this region — and WIT a very good one.”


WIT representatives met with members of the RTÉ Board to explain some of the important research initiatives being developed at WIT including conference and networking app fuseami, Wizeoni a person-centric data platform for the Internet of Things, Liquid Edge, and Immersive VR Education.

Three Sisters 2020 and WLR FM to hold live outside broadcast


Three Sisters 2020There will be a festive atmosphere in Waterford city this Saturday, 4th June as Three Sisters 2020 and WLR FM hold a live outside broadcast.


From 1pm to 4pm, WLR FM presenter Geoff Harris will bring an action-packed show to John Roberts Square, as Three Sisters 2020 hosts a day of family fun. It’s the first of three radio events supporting the Three Sisters – made up of Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford – as it bids for the title of European Capital of Culture 2020.


Local market traders will be dishing out free food, and there will be music from acts involved in ArtBeat, a free music event happening every Saturday in Waterford City. There will also be family-friendly activities, and lots of goodies from the Three Sisters 2020 team.


Waterford cultural champions, Ireland Women's Rugby captainNiamh Briggs andplaywright and theatre director Jim Nolan will be attending on the day, while Spraoi director TV Honan, festival promoterVince Power and TG4 weather presenter Irial Ó Ceallaigh will also be interviewed on air,on their support for the Bid.


Waterford people are being encouraged to come along to John Roberts Square between 1pm-4pm, for what promises to be a fun-filled afternoon.


The event comes with just weeks before the final decision by the European Union's European Capital of Culture panel on who will win the 2020 title. They visit the region in July.

Self-driving car achieved by WIT electronic engineering students in 12 weeks


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12 weeks. Eight students. One Toyota Corolla. No hands on the steering wheel.


Eight engineering students at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) recently achieved a first for the Applied Robotics Lab with a Self Driving Robotic Car.


After just 12 weeks of working on the project students on the one-year BEng in Electronic Engineering, an add on course for the two-year Higher Certificate in Engineering in Electronic Engineering had a Toyota Corolla safely finish a test drive on the institute’s Cork Road campus.


The students are part of the WIT School of Engineering Applied Electronics Stream, a study pathway that allows a student to get an honours degree in Applied Electronics without the prerequisite of Higher Level Maths.


“Achieving the ‘White Board to Self Drive Car’ project in 12 weeks, eight WIT Electronic Engineering students have proven that anything is possible, if you keep moving forward. They have just completed a project never before attempted within WIT, in 12 weeks and it worked. One of the coolest sounds we have ever heard on a project was listening to the car increasing revs as its gets ready to go,” said lecturer Jason Berry, the Lead Engineer in WIT’s Applied Robotics Lab (ARL) lectures on the Higher Cert in Electronics, BEng in Electronics, BSc in Applied Computing, Masters in Electronic Engineering and Post Graduate Diploma in Business in Innovation Practice.


“The project is the bread and butter of what any engineer is all about – figuring stuff out for yourself. Third year is a big transition for our students into the world of self learning.”


Head of the School of Engineering at WIT, Ken Thomas outlined the prospects for students of electronic engineering. “Electronic Engineers are in high demand and short supply in Ireland. We in WIT want more Electronics students to equip them with the cutting-edge knowledge and skills that will allow them be very successful – and have great fun along the way with projects like Robo Car.”


A video of the initial test drive is also available on and WIT social media accounts.


Berry’s advice for school leavers and college applicants impressed by this project and who want to know if they would be suited a future in electronic engineering to get in contact with WIT staff.


“People can get in touch through the individual course pages. You can come in and have a look around at WIT, there is always a warm welcome in WIT Applied Robotics Lab.”


There are also ways of learning about electronics from home.


“Get yourself an arduino board and play with it right now, they are very cheap and there are loads of cool projects on the web. If you like the projects, who knows you might be onto something.”


Previous graduates have been employed by Intel, Honeywell, Ericsson, Dell, Analog Devices, Bausch + Lomb, EMC.


Career opportunities for graduates of this course exist in various areas such as telecommunications, software and computer industry, research and development, electronic and IC design, production, test/maintenance, and control/automation departments.


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