€1.5m invested in South East Technological University Project


A major investment of €1.5m in the South East Technological University Project has been announced by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). This follows a recent joint application by Carlow and Waterford Institutes of Technology for funding to the Authority.


Following on from the decision earlier this year of the Governing Bodies of Waterford and Carlow Institutes of Technology to recommence discussions on the creation of a Technological University of the South East, the Institutes submitted a proposal for funding to support the creation of a support infrastructure in line with the recommendations of the Kelly report – Engagement and Consultation Process on a Technological University for the South East (Report to the Minister for Education and Skills, July 2015). The investment of €1.5m will enable the Institutes to develop and implement an action plan to lead to Technological University.


Both Chairs and Presidents welcomed the allocation of funding and stated that the funding was a vote of confidence in the South East TU process by the HEA Board.


The two South East Institutes are committed to delivering a university of international standing for the region in support of economic and social development and this investment by the HEA will help advance this process. It is imperative that the legislation required to enable the creation of the Technological University is also enacted to enable the creation of a university for the South East.

Waterford City, a great place to do business


Waterford, Ireland's oldest city, is located in the South East of Ireland.


The city hosts its own Airport, (Waterford Airport) providing direct flights to Birmingham and Manchester and its own Port (Port of Waterford) providing a hub for the integration of port, shipping, road and rail freight services. The M9 and N25 road network provides easy access and connectivity to the capital city Dublin and to Rosslare Europort.


Waterford City is home to multinational companies such as Genzyme, Honeywell, Bausch & Lomb and Hasbro as well as indigenous companies such as Rigney Dolphin, Eishtec, Waterford Stanley, Dawn Meats and the newly reformed Waterford Crystal. The City is also strongly represented in the business service sectors and is the retail capital of the South East, as well as having a number of award-winning hotels and restaurants.


Waterford has serviced land available including business and technology parks, warehousing land and an IDA land bank. There is also a good supply of office accommodation available and Waterford County Council has a dedicated team dealing with any planning application with job creation potential to ensure a seamless service as part of their business support package.


Waterford Institute to Technolog provides a highly skilled workforce, and the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for ICT research and innovation which cultivates many new start-up businesses. One of Ireland’s best performing hospitals, Waterford Regional Hospital, provides clinical education and training through its link with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.


The city’s historic quarter, known as the Viking Triangle continues to be developed and a busy calendar of cultural, arts and seasonal festivals bring hundreds of thousands of national and international visitors to the city throughout the year.


Waterford hosts regular business events and conferences providing plenty of networking opportunities for businesses located here.


Waterford City welcomes all sectors of business and industry and has all the support structures in place to assist any new business considering locating here.


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Waterford Institute of Technology - Innovation and Research

Waterford City - The Place To Live

Waterford Airport - Going Further

Waterford Airport is a key element of the transport infrastructure in the South East of Ireland, serving passenger needs in Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny, Tipperary and Carlow. This video is an introduction to the various services and activities centered on the Airport and its planned future development.

About Waterford City


Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city, founded by Viking raiders in AD 914. It has played a pivotal role in the economic, political and cultural life of the country and its motto Urbs Intacta (the untaken city) bears witness to the many power struggles and conflicts in which it has been embroiled through the centuries.


Today, Waterford is a household name internationally through the fame of its hand-cut crystal. It is a lively underestimated city which always manages to surprise the visitor.


Waterford is the oldest centre of continuous urban settlement in Ireland and is consequently the island’s oldest city. It also has the distinction of being older than all of the north European capitals except London and Paris. Its age is reflected in its name: it is the largest settlement in Ireland to retain its original Norse or Viking derived place name. Its old Norse name, Vaderfiord, has two possible meanings. The first is "windy fjord" or "haven from the wind swept sea". Even today it is easy to see why it may be got its name for the River Suir is, even during bad weather, relatively calm and therefore would have been suitable for the sleek Viking longships to drop anchor. The second possible meaning is "Fjord of the rams", this is, a place where rams or sheep could be loaded for export.


Throughout the medieval period and up until the end of the seventeenth century, Waterford remained the second city in Ireland. Today Waterford is the cultural, economic, educational, technological and industrial capital of the South East region and its port – the traditional source of wealth continues to expand in line with the growth of the Irish economy.

City Centre

Waterford is a historic and cultural city. It is a city of colour and excitement. Above all it is a rapidly developing and progressive city. There are many attractions to Waterford – its Gallery and Museum, its busy streets full of fascinating shops, small lanes to stroll through with 1,000 years of history meeting you on virtually every street corner.


Many of the city’s most famous landmarks are located within walking distance of The Quay. Located on the Quay is the magnificent William Vincent Wallace Plaza. Close by is John Roberts Square and a short walk down George’s Street will bring you to the Chamber of Commerce headquarters which is located in a very imposing building which was designed by the famous Waterford Georgian Architect, John Roberts. Other buildings include City Hall, also designed by John Roberts, the home of Waterford City Council and administrative headquarters of Waterford since 1813 and the ninth century granary building, home of Waterford Museum of Treasures. Amongst Waterford city’s most interesting landmarks are the fine collection of medieval buildings including Reginald’s Tower, the French Church, the Undercrofts and the city’s two neo classical eighteenth century cathedrals, both again designed by the famous John Roberts.


About a mile from the city centre you will find the factory and visitor centre of Waterford Crystal, a lifestyle product of exquisite craftsmanship, synonymous with Waterford for over 200 years.


Shopping in Waterford is lively and varied. Sophisticated high fashion boutiques, interesting antique shops and craft studios ensure that Waterford satisfies even the most fervent shopper.


Waterford offers a wide choice of eateries including gourmet, vegetarian and ethnic restaurants, lively café bars and pubs for the traditional Irish singsongs.


With an exciting medieval flavour and riverside bustle Waterford has it all.


Waterford is situated on the south eastern coast of Ireland and is the nearest major Irish port to mainland Europe. Historically Waterford has dominated the southern Irish Sea route to the UK. The port has experienced significant growth in trade to and from mainland Europe since Ireland joined the EU and has become the principal shipping centre in Ireland for continental traffic.


Waterford is the capital of the South East and the population of the city and its hinterland is about 120,000.


From the sturdy light at Hook Head - Ireland’s and possibly Europe’s oldest lighthouse - the up river passage is filled with scenic and historic interest. Ships follow in the wake of the Celts and Vikings and most profound invasion in Irish history, the arrival of the Normans led by Strongbow and King Henry II in 1171. They landed at Crooke near Passage East, taking Waterford and Ireland by "Hook or by Crooke". The river is Fjord like and with rolling pastures the visitor is welcomed to the city’s mile long Quay, described by the eminent architectural historian, Mark Girouard, as "the noblest Quay in Europe".

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