Teva to expand Waterford Workforce


Teva, the Israeli pharmaceutical company is to create at least 100 jobs in Waterford as part of an expansion of its manufacturing facilities. The company, the largest generic drug manufacturer in the world, has applied to build a three-storey extension to its factory on the outskirts of the city. The extension will add more than 1,800 square metres of floor space to the existing facility. The planned extension would include manufacturing space on the ground floor, with plant rooms, stores and offices on the upper floor.

Waterford City gains €2.1 million in positive media coverage through Winterval


A detailed analysis found that the festival, which took place from November 21 to December 23 2014, generated €2,127,484.35 worth of positive publicity across press, radio and TV stations plus online media platforms including to name but a few RTE, TV3, RTE Radio, 2 FM, Today FM, Newstalk and Lyric, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, The Irish Examiner, Sunday Times, Sunday Business Post, Irish Daily Mail, multiple magazine titles along with tremendous media support from Beat 102 103, WLRFM, The Munster Express, The Waterford News & Star, The Waterford Today, Waterford Mail, My Waterford, The Dungarvan Leader and The Dungarvan Observer.


Barry Monaghan, Chairperson of Winterval, said the data reflected what had been achieved through an ambitious and active public relations campaign. “The wide spread of favourable media coverage achieved is a hugely important part of the brand building of Winterval and has definitely helped raise awareness of Winterval as the premier Christmas festival in Ireland. For the Christmas period just gone by, the sustained publicity was also vital to attracting the unprecedented crowds we welcomed to Waterford during the festival. We are also hopeful that the level and quality of publicity will result in additional visitors and even return visits to Waterford City outside of the Winterval Festival period particularly due to how beautifully Waterford City was portrayed across TV.”


Barry paid tribute to the PR team Ann Power Powerhouse PR and Breffni Burke whom have managed the PR campaign for the Winterval festival each year since it inception in 2012.


A full independent research report and analysis of the economic impact of the festival to the city is also currently being complied.


Waterford Medieval Museum nominated for prestigious European Architectural Award


WMM-Cathedral-SquareThe European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe have selected 420 projects to compete for the 2015 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award, with Waterford Medieval Museum amongst the nominees.


The nominations span 36 countries, with the Waterford Medieval Museum one of only five Irish projects represented in the finals.


Designed by Waterford City Council Architects, Rupert Maddock, Bartosz Rojowski and Agnieszka Rojowska, Waterford Medieval Museum is an architectural landmark and major visitor destination in the Southeast of Ireland.  Its location in the heart of Waterford’s Viking Triangle, Ireland’s oldest city, combined with its magnificent collection of artefacts and numerous public events makes it Waterford’s most popular tourist attraction.


In 2014, Bartosz and Agnieszka left Waterford City Council, established ROJO Studio, an independent architecture and design studio. Based in Waterford’s Fumbally Exchange, a collaborative coworking space, ROJO Studio provides services that includes building design, architectural and property related services within the commercial and domestic sectors.


According to Agnieszka, the nomination for the most prestigious European architecture awards is a fantastic achievement for all involved.  “To see Waterford Medieval Museum competing on stage with Europe’s most prominent buildings is a wonderful accomplishment.  Working on the project under Rupert was a wonderful experience for Bartosz and me and we are particularly proud to have been with the project from the initial design phase right through to completion.”


The Mies Van der Rohe award is regarded as one of the most important awards for European architecture. Previous winners have included the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavik, designed by the Danish architectural firm Henning Larsen and the Neues Museum in Berlin, designed by David Chipperfield Architects and Julian Harrap.


Bartosz added “The challenges with the Medieval Museum were counteracted by the wealth of talent, initiative and hard work from such a capable team.  It was a collaborative work involving professionals from diverse backgrounds; architects, historians, artists, engineers and craftspeople.  To be recognised amongst Europe’s most talented and successful architectural design teams is a great honour.”


Agnieszka added “Since we set up our independent design studio, ROJO, last year, we have been heartened by the number of people who are aware of the work we have been involved with; projects such as the Medieval Museum and the Menapia building on the Mall.  The premise of our company is to continue to deliver that same attention to detail to all of our design projects, regardless of their scale or budget.”


The Waterford Medieval Museum is no stranger to accolades having won a host of national and international architectural awards in 2014, such as The International Architecture Awards, RIAI’s Best Public Building, The International Civic Trust Award and The Irish Building Project of the Year.


For further information about ROJO Studio visit or call 051 513868.

Fear of Flying course takes off at Waterford Airport




European Aviation College welcomed the first new “recruits” to its inaugural Fear of Flying course which took place last month at Waterford Airport.


The one day course was developed to help people overcome their fear of flying, a condition that affects one in five people.


Gillian Chiavacci, Head of Training at European Aviation College, congratulated the recent graduates on completing the course. She said, “We are very proud of our first graduates of the Fear of Flying course and hope that this allows them to have more pleasant flying experiences in the future. 20% of the population suffer from aviophobia or as it is more widely known, fear of flying. Although it is quite a common phobia, it can be restrictive and debilitating particularly to those who need to or want to travel abroad.”


“Our first group of course participants all experienced varying degrees of aviophobia. Some found flying uncomfortable and often nerve-wracking, while others were simply unable to get on a plane due to stress and anxiety at the prospect of flying.”


“What we gathered is that the biggest factor in the fear of flying is the fear of the unknown. Another common condition was claustrophobia as many of our course attendees felt uncomfortable at being in a confined area for several hours on a flight.”


The practical course examined topics such as what causes a fear of flying, how airplanes work, behind the scenes at an airport and ways to reduce anxiety before flying.


The course is delivered by experienced airline pilots. Waterford pilot Sean O’Griofa, Course Instructor with EAC, commented “By the end of the day, all of our participants had a real grasp of how to overcome their fears, through a simple understanding of how planes work, and how to deal with stress and anxiety.”


“By familiarising our attendees with the workings of the aircraft, the causes of turbulence, an explanation of in-flight noises, dealing with anxiety and flight preparation the fear associated with flying became less insurmountable.”


If you would like to find out more about the European Aviation College’s next Fear of Flying course, visit, call 051 843436 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Dreamland by Jim Nolan secures best new play and best supporting actor nominations in prestigious Theatre Awards



Jim Nolan’s play Dreamland has been nominated for two Irish Times Theatre Awards. The play which had its world première in Waterford's Garter Lane Theatre before touring to Cork and Dublin, is up for the Best New Play award with a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Des Keogh.


On hearing the news Jim Nolan said he was both delighted and honoured. “It’s wonderful news for Waterford. The nomination of Dreamland for Best New Play offers clear evidence that with the support of the Arts Council and Waterford City & County Council, Waterford can produce theatre of the highest standard. On a personal level I have to thank the board of Garter Lane Arts Centre and its Artistic Director, Caroline Senior who has championed my work for many years. It's wonderful to see our work stand beside that of established and vastly better resourced institutions such as the Abbey and the Gate and I am thrilled to see Des Keogh, whom I consider to be a national treasure, being recognized by such a prestigious nomination. Nobody ever died from encouragement and we are all enormously encouraged by this.”


Caroline Senior, Artistic Director of Garter Lane Arts Centre said: “Our production of Dreamland was the pinnacle of our 30th anniversary celebrations and it is a testament to all of the creative team, but particularly Jim, that everyone’s work is now being acknowledged in these nominations. Dreamland is the only one of the five nominated new plays to come from outside Dublin. Over 2,600 Waterford theatre lovers saw this show in Jim’s home town, and whilst some feathers were ruffled by the portrayal of the Blue Shirts, the passion that the subject matter incited created the impression that the events portrayed happened last year, not 80 years ago. It is always difficult to single out one member of a cast from another, but I am so pleased that Des Keogh received the best supporting actor nomination for his extraordinary portrayal of Doc Connolly.”


This year’s Irish Times Theatre Awards take place on Sunday 22nd February at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

West Waterford Duo Brew up a Storm



Blackwater Distillery and Dungarvan Brewing Company have come together to distil up something very special.This month the Cappoquin based distillery will turn the Dungarvan Brewing company’s oatmeal stout into a bottled spirit, the first time it has ever been done in Ireland.

The beer is currently fermenting in Dungarvan and next week will travel up the road to Cappoquin where 800 litres of oatmeal stout will be turned into 100 litres of spirit. Thereafter it will be matured in sherry casks for just a couple of months, before being bottled in time for the West Waterford Festival of Food in April.


The first in Waterford for 174 years, Blackwater Distillery is Ireland’s newest craft distillery and will release Blackwater No 5 Gin nationwide this month.

‘This is a very exciting innovation,’ said Blackwater distiller Peter Mulryan, ‘we will bring the flavours of West Waterford to a whole new audience.’

This year marks Dungarvan Brewing Company’s fifth birthday and head brewer Cormac O'Dwyer is delighted to be involved in such an innovative collaboration. ‘I wanted to mark our fifth birthday with something special, so was very excited when Peter came to me with this idea. I'm looking forward to tasting the end result!’

The Spirit of West Waterford (as it is being called) will go on sale in early April, and as only 250 bottles are being produced, it is sure to be a sell-out.

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