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 / OR on the door. Book early to avoid disappointment

Local Enterprise Office to host event for trading on line voucher scheme


The Trading Online Voucher scheme is designed to help small companies to access the opportunities open to them through trading online.  This will help companies in Waterford City and County to access new markets so that they can grow and create more jobs.

Ciaran Cullen of the Local Enterprise Office in Waterford City emphasises the importance of the vouchers, “This scheme has evolved from and improves on any of the previous website funding available. It matches the current requirements for modern websites including the need for promotion via adwords.”

The Local Enterprise Offices (LEO) will be the key delivery partner working with the Department of Communications in implementing this scheme.  Waterford LEO will play a critical role in ensuring the success of this scheme, which is designed to develop and grow existing and new business in their area of responsibility.

Minister Rabbitte commented on the voucher scheme: “Far too much on-line business goes to suppliers from abroad.  We want to ensure the companies who access government support to go on-line will get the most from it.  We are working with the Local Enterprise Office to up-skill their personnel.  We are helping them understand how digital impacts on logistics, marketing, search engine optimisation, payments and other aspects of small business.  This will help to ensure mentors and staff in each LEO will be well geared up to guide applicant companies all over Ireland to use the investment wisely, grow their businesses, start exporting and ultimately increase employment”

As part of the National Digital Strategy, on Thursday the 26th of June the Local Enterprise Office is hosting a free Digital Voucher Information morning in Dungarvan Enterprise Centre, from 8am to 1pm.  An expression of Interest form is available from your Local Enterprise Office in Waterford and Dungarvan. Attendance at this information morning is mandatory for your digital voucher application.

The Information morning will include items such as targeting customers on line, search engine optimisation and social media marketing.

The Digital voucher process is competitive and there are € 62,500 worth of vouchers available in Waterford for this Pilot phase. Applications will be processed during June and July.  An evaluation committee will meet in late July to decide on successful applicants.  Successful applicants will be informed in writing in late July and should not begin before receiving this letter as applying is not a guarantee of success.

There are only 50 places available for this event so even though the event is free, booking using the expression of interest form is essential.


For more information or to collect your expression of interest form 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 .   

New Street Gardens Project – only 3 days left to raise funds!


What is the project? New Street Gardens Project is a street garden with a festival feel:

It is about bringing greenery and life back into a vacant and disused space in Waterford City. It is a community based initiative and as such is a not for profit venture. This is local volunteers working to make our city beautiful for both Waterford people and visitors.  We are asking businesses to help raise the final €5000 to reach the target. Please log on to this site to sponsor today.

WIT Department of Architecture Exhibition



WIT strengthening connections with Canada


The Canadian Ambassador, Mr Loyola Hearn, met with Dr Richard Hayes, Head of the School of Humanities at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) to discuss deepening the existing links between the Institute and Canadian universities.

According to Dr Hayes, “WIT has developed strong and varied links with Canada and particularly with Newfoundland, Ambassador Hearn’s home province, over a long number of years. Given the natural synergies between our two cultures, we are keen to strengthen these links for the benefit of our students and staff and the wider community of the South East.

“International education is about broadening the frontiers of the imagination, opening up new experiences and challenging existing perceptions of the world. Making available these experiences both to Irish and Canadian students through partnerships between our universities makes great educational sense and adds enormously to the richness of the courses we can offer to students.” Dr Hayes has been working closely with partners colleges to make available to WIT students study abroad options in Canada.

Dr Hayes added, “Furthermore, the benefits of attracting Canadian students to Ireland are potentially great, with the increased tourist- and leisure-related activities engaged in by these visitors (and, in some cases, their families) an obvious source of economic gain for the South-east.”

Earlier this year, Dr Hayes travelled to colleges in Ontario including Fleming College, Durham College, Humber College and Fanshawe College to promote the progression pathways for Ontario students into courses in WIT, as well as staff exchanges and research projects.

The arrangements agreed will involve Canadian students coming to WIT for up to two years to receive an honours Bachelor degree, following completion of certificate courses in Ontario. The Institute has identified a number of priority areas within which to develop progression arrangements, including Early Childhood Studies, Social Care, Criminal Justice, Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts.

During this visit, Dr Hayes also met with a senior policy advisor in the Department of Education in Canada. “There is great enthusiasm amongst Department officials, as well as amongst students and staff members, for the potential of the link with Ireland,” Dr Hayes said. “The agreements with the various colleges will offer Canadian students an exciting international experience while also adding to the increasingly diverse international student population at WIT.”

As part of his North American trip, Dr Hayes also visited Memorial University Newfoundland (MUN) promoting exchange and collaboration between the two colleges across a range of humanities subjects. WIT already has a longstanding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the island’s main university and over the last number of years, has engaged in research projects and exchanged students and staff, particularly in the areas of business and management.

Dr Hayes says, “Many Newfoundlanders trace their ancestry to Waterford and the long-standing historical links between the island and the region, as well as the shared economic challenges, make Newfoundland and Waterford obvious partners. WIT is working with MUN to develop projects in areas such as literary and theatre studies, social science, and law, amongst others. The immediate benefit will not only be in creating opportunities for Waterford students to travel to Newfoundland and find out for themselves how the island is coping with economic and social challenges, but also in sharing solutions to problems we have in common right across society.

Ken McGrath All Star Challenge



Waterford Viking Marathon Stewards Briefing


Waterford Viking Marathon is seeking your support for what is one of the City’s biggest sporting events. The 2014 Marathon will take place on Saturday June 28th, starting on The Mall at 9.14am (to highlight the City’s 1,100 anniversary.)

We expect the c.2,500 runners will take part this year from all over the country and beyond and our hope is that those taking part will enjoy the event, stay in the area and tell their friends about the beautiful City and wonderful event that we host each June.

As the profile of the event continues to grow we envisage the marathon will establish itself as a predominant event on the national runner’s calendar and, in addition to the positive commercial and tourism impact it creates, it will also generate much wider social benefits for the region through charity fundraising and positive health.

We cannot run an event like this without volunteer stewards and this is where we are asking for the support of the people of Waterford. A WVM volunteer open day will take place on Thursday June 5th in room F01, in the Business Building on the Main Campus in WIT, Cork Road in WIT between 5.30pm and 7pm.

Anyone willing to help out on the day can pop in and they will meet with the WVM team and be briefed on what is involved on the day and we will discuss an area/ location of the route that suits.

All stewards will receive a goody bag with refreshments on the day.


If you require more detail please contact our Chief Steward Davy Wade on 086-0664599. 

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