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Dunmore East set to celebrate 20 years of bluegrass

Dunmore-Bluegrass-Boxcar20th Guinness International Bluegrass Festival attracts international acts to Co. Waterford coastal town

Bluegrass makes a welcome return to Dunmore East, Co. Waterford as the Guinness International Bluegrass Festival celebrates 20 years of great bluegrass, blues, country and honky-tonk music.

 

This year the 20th Guinness International Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival will take place on August 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th 2014 and American quartet, Boxcar Preachers, is set to headline Europe’s biggest free bluegrass festival.

 

The Boxcar Preachers from Austin, Texas first played at the Bluegrass Festival back in 2006 and festival founder Mick Daly is delighted that the old time outlaw country band is back for the 20th festival.

 

“The Boxcar Preachers created a great buzz in Dunmore East back in 2006 so we felt it would be apt to have them back as the Bluegrass Festival celebrates 20 great years.”

 

Bruce Gardner, co-founder of the band and Craig High got together almost thirteen years ago when they realised they came from similar musical stock.  The music they play is perhaps more reminiscent of the era of Bonnie and Clyde or John Dillinger, but their outlaw connection goes back to the romantic days of the Wild West when train robberies began to spread like an epidemic.

 

According to Mick, “Since the Bluegrass Festival started back in 1994 the committee has been dedicated to growing the event and making it a fantastic weekend for music lovers, tourists, locals and families.”

 

“This year we plan to have more high calibre local and international bluegrass, country and blues acts playing throughout the village over the three day festival.  The pubs and hotels in Dunmore will have a full live music schedule from afternoon to nightfall, with all gigs absolutely free.”

 

The festival will also feature plenty of family focused fun with food stalls, children’s entertainment in the Park and lots of activity throughout the village.

 

Mr. Daly was also pleased to confirm that some great UK and Irish acts will be performing over the Festival, with the return of Southern Welfare, the Mons Wheeler Band and Land’s End.

 

Land’s End is an edgy Bluegrass combo that debuted in Dunmore East in 2012 and returned in 2013. The band, made up of members from Cork, Galway, Dublin, Munich, Liverpool and Canada, performs music strongly embedded in the bluegrass tradition, but each member brings a distinctive sound of their own musical tradition to the musical arrangements of the band.”

 

“It’s a great line up befitting of our twentieth year of bringing great bluegrass music to Dunmore East.  Visitors can expect to hear a wide mix of bluegrass, country, blues, rhythm, swing and honky-tonk over the three day festival.”

 

The 20th Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival kicks off on Thursday, August 21st at Azzurro Restaurant and heralds the start of three days of bands, playing almost 50 gigs in the villages’ pubs, restaurants and hotels.

 

For more information about all free events at the 20th Guinness International Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival in Co. Waterford visit www.discoverdunmore.com.

 
Promenade Festival 2014

 

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Following on from Promfest2014, please find below some pictures of the event. Garda estimates were that Saturday was attended by approx. 15/20,000 people, Sunday was looking very strong except for the big rain showers that happened. Still very strong numbers attended the show. The feedback from the local business community is very positive with pledges of financial support from a number of them already. Local accommodation providers reported 90-100% occupancy with other businesses reporting increases of 30-40% on the same weekend  last year.

 

Tramore Tourism intends to work with Waterford City & County Council & the local businesses to continue to develop this flagship festival for Tramore.

 

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Waterford City & County Council update on The Quay roadworks

 

Further to update 17/04/2014, the following is the current status of the Green Route Works on The Quays, Waterford.

 

Works on the final phase of the Green Route on The Quays have been in progress since early May. Kildare based contractor Clonmel Enterprises Ltd commenced work on the new roundabout at Gladstone Street mainly within the Merchant’s Quay and Clock Tower car parks and this allowed the existing traffic layout on The Quays to be largely unaffected. The works within the car parks are now generally completed and surfacing of the new entrances to the car parks, and the eastbound carriageway of the roundabout, will be carried out week commencing 7th July.

 

The next stage of the project to commence will be the installation of the central island on The Quay from Barronstrand Street to the Bus Station, including the construction of the roundabout itself. The central island is similar to the previously installed central island from the Post Office to Barronstrand Street and will include substantial tree planting during the planting season.

 

As a result of the installation of the central island there will be a revised traffic management plan in operation from 10th July that will generally mirror the layout and traffic management of the finished scheme (as per attached sketch):

 

  • Eastbound traffic on The Quays (Rice Bridge towards Clock Tower) will be reduced to one lane from the Bus Station and will use the new roundabout carriageway (eastbound only)
  • Westbound traffic on The Quays (Clock Tower towards Rice Bridge) will be reduced to one lane from the Clock Tower to the Bus Station
  • Coach set-down and loading along Meagher’s and Merchant’s Quays will be retained during this phase of the works
  • The right-turn from Gladstone Street onto The Quays will be maintained for the present, although this will be affected at later stages
  • The right-turn from The Quays into the Clock Tower and Merchant’s Quay car parks will be maintained during this phase of the works
  • The present entrances and exits from the Clock Tower and Merchant’s Quay car parks will remain in operation during this phase of the works. Only when the roundabout is fully in operation will the new entrances to the car parks be used.

 

The revised arrangements will present a significant change to the current traffic arrangements and, coupled with the roadworks themselves, may lead to traffic delays during construction.

 

We would again ask for the co-operation and understanding of the public and motorists during the implementation of the works and during the introduction of the revised traffic arrangements and look forward to the successful delivery of the overall South Quays Green Route scheme. We would also take this opportunity to thank the public and motorists for their co-operation during the implementation of the scheme to date.

 

Progress updates and traffic information will be posted on Waterford City and County Council’s new website www.waterfordcouncil.ie, through local and national traffic and travel news, on variable message signs on the route and are also available through the Council’s MapAlerter service.

 

This final phase of the R680 South Quays Green Route is a part of the very significant overall project which will totally transform Waterford’s Quays for the better bringing improvements to the visual amenity of the area, improved pedestrian, cycle and public transport facilities, improved access to the Quayside and City Centre and improved traffic management. The project is being funded by The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport through The National Roads Authority and The National Transport Authority.

 

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Irish e-cigarette company opens high tech manufacturing facility in Waterford and creates 80 new jobs with potential for hundreds more

 

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Potential for up to 1,000 jobs over next 12 months

Healthier Smoker Ltd., Ireland’s only manufacturer and leading specialist in the production of e-liquids and e-smoking products, is today announcing expansion of its Irish operations, with the establishment of a 24,000 sq ft state of the art manufacturing facility at Six Cross Roads in Waterford. The new manufacturing plant will see the immediate creation of 40 new manufacturing positions as well as 40 jobs in its retail and distribution arm. Healthier Smoker Ltd sees the potential for the creation of up to 1,000 jobs over the next 12 months.

 

Healthier Smoker was established by a group of ex-smokers two years ago and currently provides 300 jobs through production, manufacturing, distribution and retail in its many Irish outlets. It is expected that this will increase to a potential 1,000 jobs over the next 12 months. New positions will be spread throughout its 105 dedicated retail outlets, 150 store concessions as well as the manufacturing facility in Waterford.

 

The company is expanding rapidly with worldwide distribution and huge global demand for its products from countries including China and the US. It has gone from producing 1,000 bottles a week 18 months ago to producing 50,000 bottles per week currently. The plant expects to be producing 2 million bottles per week by the autumn and the need for a bigger manufacturing plant is already being anticipated.

 

This new plant will encompass a manufacturing facility as well as a brand new visitors’ centre where people can see where the products are made. It will be the most modern hi-tech plant of its kind, conforming to best practice and setting superior manufacturing practices for this category. Current investment is running at €3m with an expected €10m investment by the time expansion plans are fully implemented.

 

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Company spokesperson Stephen Ryan of Healthier Smoker says, “The quality of our products is of the highest standard. In fact, we are leading the way worldwide in terms of superior certifiable quality and safety. Even the Chinese are buying from us in preference to their own manufacturers. The fact that we have a 95% retention rate amongst people trialling the liquids speaks for itself and the response from customers certainly attests to it. E-cigarettes are a healthy alternative to smoking and means that people are not taking in the numerous toxins and poisons contained in tobacco cigarettes whilst trying to give up. There have been some concerns about e-cigarettes but it is now generally recognised that they are a helpful and safe aid to reducing or quitting smoking”.

 

He continued, “There is huge growth potential in this industry and we look forward to being at the forefront of that. In export terms, we anticipate that our business, just from this facility alone, could be worth 100 million euro in the next 5 years. The potential is staggering and Ireland could possibly become a world class centre of excellence for the production of e-liquids.”

 

Approximately 50,000 people are using e-cigarettes in Ireland and sales grew by 478% last year generating revenue of €7.4 million. A recent survey by University College London found that smokers are approximately 60% more likely to report succeeding quitting smoking if they use e-cigarettes than if they use willpower alone or nicotine replacement therapies such as patches or gum.

 

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Waterford Institute of Technology granted HR Excellence in Research Award by the European Commission

 

WIT is the first Institute of Technology in Ireland to receive the "HR Excellence in Research" designation from the European Commission (EC). The HR Excellence in Research award acknowledges WIT as a stimulating work environment for researchers, providing attractive working conditions and equipping researchers with the broad skills and experience necessary to develop their research careers.

 

Over the last 10 years WIT secured in excess of €130m in competitive R&D funding from European, National and private sources. This funding supports 158 fulltime contract researchers from Ireland and around the world. The outcomes of their research activity are making a major contribution to the economic and social development of the region. We need to continue to attract the best researchers to the South-East. The HR Excellence in Research designation is a clear statement of the institute’s commitment to providing the research environment and career development sought by high performing researchers. It underpins our commitment to using research and innovation as a driver for regional social and economic development.

 

Prof Willie Donnelly VP of Research & Innovation at WIT said: “Our research commitment is crucial to the success of the Institute and the economic development of the region. We have been working hard to ensure that WIT is a location capable of attracting the best researchers from around the world. The HR Excellence in Research designation is a clear statement to the international research community of our commitment to excellence in research and career development. The research community is an essential part of WIT’s human resources and a key component of our overall strategy to develop and deliver world-class research. Initiatives at WIT in the past few years have underlined the importance of researcher career development and attractive employment conditions for researchers in constructing a knowledge economy; we are pleased that our efforts have been recognised by the European Commission”.

 

Ms Eimear Fitzpatrick, WIT’s HRS4Rs Co-ordinator said “The logo conveys to researchers our commitment to fair and transparent recruitment and appraisal procedures. It also demonstrates that the Institute is dedicated to enhancing its policies, procedures and the research environment to ensure researchers welfare, support and career development. We are delighted to have received this recognition and will continue to support Europe-wide initiatives through involvement in policy development and its local implementation here in WIT”.

 

The designation is particularly important in the context of the Institute’s commitment to play a major role in the European Framework programme Horizon 2020 and the associated European Research Area. Participation in the European Framework programme is an important strategic priority for the Irish research community. WITs HR Excellence in Research designation is a clear statement of our commitment to leadership in the European Research Area (ERA).

 

WIT joins four universities with the HR Excellence in Research award. The announcement was made at WIT’s Creating Connections’ event in Waterford on Tuesday June 10th 2014.

 

Further Details on the HRS4R process are available from Ms Eimear Fitzpatrick, HRS4Rs Co-Ordinator, Research Support Unit, WIT. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 051 845503.

 
Fundraiser for Japanese Gardens Tramore

 

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Waterford Treasures Waterford 1100 Monthly Talks - Robert Fisk

 

Waterford Treasures is proud to announce that we are bringing Robert Fisk from Beirut to Ireland for our Waterford 1100 Talk in July. Robert Fisk, the most celebrated war correspondent of our time, has a serious track record of bearing witness to war. His knowledge of history and literature combined with his razor-sharp analysis make him a voice to be ignored at our peril.

 

As well as the Middle East another interest of Fisk’s is the First World War to which he has a personal connection, his father serving in it. Before being posted to France, Fisk Senior was sent to Dublin and his memories of this experience are the starting point for Fisk’s presentation in Waterford entitled ‘For Little Countries’. Fisk will reflect on whether we yet understand World War I and its period and on how his own life as a correspondent in the Middle East today is directly influenced by the nations which won the Great War in which his father fought.

 

Speaker: Robert Fisk

Title: ‘For Little Countries’

Venue: Theatre Royal, Waterford

Date: Saturday, 5th July

Time: 7.30pm

Admission: €15.00 (includes a glass of wine/soft drink)

 

Tickets available in advance from Theatre Royal 051 874402 / www.theatreroyal.ie OR on the door. Book early to avoid disappointment

 
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