Port Láirge: People, Place, Identity


Comhdháil na nDéise has returned to Waterford Institute of Technology. The first Summer Session of the Comhdháil, under the title 'Port Láirge: People, Place, Identity' will take place on Thursday, 15th June.


The theme of the session will be  'Logainmneacha, names of places'. The official opening will be carried out by Éamon Ó Cuív TD. Everybody is welcome and admission is free. Register your place by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .




9:30-10:00 What is Identity? (Dr John O’Brien, WIT)


10:00-10:30 Éamon Ó Cuív TD


10:30 Sos/Break


11:00-12:10  Session 1: 


(a) A Journey through the Placenames of Waterford (Mr Joe Falvey)


(b) Waterford's ‘An Coiste Logainmneacha’ (Ms Máire Seó Breathnach, Waterford City and County Council)


12:10-13:20  Lón/Lunch


13:20-14:30  Session 2: 


(a) Maps, Placenames and Identity (Mr Richard Kirwan)


(b) Exotic Townland Names (Dr PJ O’Connor)


14:45-16:15  Session 3: 


(a) The Importance and Function of Irish Placenames (An Dr Pádraig Ó Cearbhaill)


(b) A Background and Context to (An Dr Brian Ó Raghallaigh, DCU)


16:15  Clabhsúr/ End

Bealtaine Living Earth Festival


Living Earth 1


Waterford Greenway and Copper Coast Geopark among locations for 40 events which are bookable on by schools and the general public as part of the Bealtaine Living Earth Festival May 20th-28th


Did you know that the south east has some of the finest natural heritage in Ireland? Did you also know that it has the finest biodiversity and natural heritage festival in Ireland? The 2017 Bealtaine Living Earth Festival will take place from 20-28 May in locations around the south east with lots of talks and guided walks to get you out and about exploring our wonderful biodiversity and natural heritage.


The festival, now in its 13th year is co-ordinated by Calmast, Waterford Institute of Technology’s award winning science outreach centre in partnership with government and non-government organisations delivering a programme with over 40 free events for over 2,000 people. Events for schools take place during the day and events for the general public and families in the evenings and at the weekends. The Bealtaine Living Earth Festival is supported by Science Foundation Ireland and Waterford Council.


Bealtaine is the Irish word for the month of May and it comes from the ancient Celtic festival of Bealtaine when our ancient ancestors celebrated the revival of growth after the hardships of winter. The Bealtaine Living Earth Festival also celebrates the arrival of summer and reminds us of our dependency on our “Living Earth” something we are inclined to forget in the modern world.


“We are delighted to be working with over a dozen groups who will be coming together with Waterford Institute of Technology to offer their expertise and enthusiasm for over 40 free events," said Sheila Donegan, of Calmast, Waterford Institute of Technology's Science Outreach Centre and Coordinator of the festival. "The festival is growing year on year and this year we are delighted to have such centres as Mount Congreve Estate and Currgahmore Estate and JFK Arboretum join us in celebrating the natural heritage of the South East. This year with the opening of the Greenway, we are delighted to be able to introduce our school students to it.”


On Monday 22nd May, Andrew Harrington of Waterford Institute of Technology will lead a mammal and bat walk through the grounds of Curraghmore Estate, Portlaw. Curraghmore Estate is the historic home of the 9th Marquis of Waterford. There are 2,500 acres of formal gardens woodlands and grazing fields, making this the largest private demesne in Ireland. During this walk, we hope to see otters, red squirrels, pine martens and bats – a great adventure for all the family.


Eric Dempsey, author and broadcaster will lead a dusk bird walk through Mount Congreve estate in Kilmeaden on Tuesday May 23rd. Eric will guide the walk through Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Camellias and indeed many other floras from every continent in the world. 


Partner centres of the festival are diverse and include Lismore Heritage Centre, OPW, Native Woodland Trust, Oceanics in Tramore and many more.


There are a wide variety of events on offer from cookery demonstrations to art installations all with the theme of biodiversity. Author and seaweed expert Marie Power will provide tips and tricks for making delicious seaweed infused recipes during her sea-shore walk.


Each year Bealtaine ties in with an important International date. Monday  May 22nd will be International Day for Biological Diversity. The theme of this year’s Day is Sustainable Tourism.” Several events throughout the week will tie into this theme.


Bealtaine Living Earth Festival has had over 20,000 participants in its 12 year history. In 2016 over 2,000 participants took part in walks, workshops, citizen science initiatives and much more. All events are free, but if you would like to secure your place at any event, please check out the website

Waterford Rotary Club Lunch Sponsored Cycle


Waterford Rotary Cycle 1


Waterford Rotary Club are running their ninth sponsored cycle on Sunday 21st May at Mc Donald’s on the Cork Road. Starting at 11.00 am the cycle travels out to Tramore and back.


The Charity Cycle, now in its ninth year, is an opportunity for anyone who cycles and believes in helping a good cause. Regular participants are those who know a family who have stayed in the Ronald McDonald House or have stayed in the house themselves and wish to give something back.


Waterford Rotary appeals to cyclists of all ages to join. No pre-registration is required, just get the bike out or borrow one, and join in for about two hours on May 21th, all are welcome. To top it all, WLR fm will be broadcasting live from McDonalds on the Cork road and Ronald Mc Donald will join the fun on the day. All cyclists will be treated to a free Burger after the cycle plus lots of other treats on the day.


Ronald McDonald House


The Ronald McDonald House, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital

The Ronald McDonald House provides a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children who are hospitalised or undergoing extended treatment at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin. Families will be able to stay for the duration of their child’s stay in hospital. The Ronald McDonald House provides a supportive environment for these families.


The first Irish Ronald McDonald House was a 15,000 square feet stand alone building in the grounds of Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin. The House can accommodate up to 16 families in en-suite family bedrooms with communal kitchens, dining areas and living areas. It also has a toddlers’ room and full laundry facilities.


Since opening in November 2004 the House has been “home” to over 1000 families from all over Ireland. Some have stayed for just a few nights, while others stay for 7 or 8 months! The beauty of the house is that each room accommodates 4 so grannies, granddads, brothers and sisters can all help in the child’s recovery.


The annual running costs are in excess of €300,000. We are very dependent on the continuing support of all to cover the ongoing costs of running the House.


Sponsorship cards are available from Mc Donald’s City Centre or Cork Road, Lily O'Brien’s and Nolke Opticians, or one can donate directly for this good cause by logging on, go to “Sponsor a Friend” and search for Rotary Waterford.

'You Should Really See A Doctor' - Waterford





On 3rd & 4th May, 200 secondary school students from ten local schools will take part in the Sanofi & Junior Achievement Ireland STEM Zoo.


This event is aimed at students in 5th year who have a specific interest in studying a course in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) in Waterford Institute of Technology with the possibility of pursuing a career in the future with Sanofi. Business volunteers from Sanofi will introduce the students to jobs in STEM in Sanofi by ‘telling their own story’ through their own career bios and then working with them on four activity based workshops in these disciplines.


This will be followed by information from WIT staff from the STEM areas on the suggested courses/projects to consider when applying for a 3rd level qualification. This is a unique career planning opportunity for these students.


Further details on this event can be obtained from Denise Power, Area Manager, Junior Achievement Ireland, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

New Waterford Greenway video takes viewers on a Beautiful Journey


Waterford Greenway Video Kilmacthomas Viaduct



Waterford’s stunning scenery plays a starring role in a new video celebrating the Waterford Greenway, the longest off-road walking and cycling experience in Ireland.


Several famed Waterford natives appear throughout the video, including Ireland rugby captain Niamh Briggs, Fair City star Carrie Crowley, and celebrity chef Paul Flynn (and his dog, Sky). Manager of Waterford senior hurlers, Derek McGrath also lends his support, along with coach Mark Cooney and players Kevin Moran, Ian O'Regan, Barry Coughlan, Austin Gleeson and Pauric Mahony.


The video, released today to showcase the recently launched 46km trail, follows the adventures of 12-year-olds Patrick Brennan and Chloe Walsh, who set off from Waterford City and the coastal town of Dungarvan. The pair meet at Kilmacthomas, the half-way point on the Waterford Greenway. 


Almost 200 people came together for the closing shot on the 50-metre high Kilmacthomas Viaduct, including performers and creations from Waterford performing arts theatre company, Spraoi.


Director of Services at Waterford City & County Council, Lar Power thanked those involved in the creation of the video. “This was a real community effort and showcases what Waterford Greenway has to offer. So many Waterford people have got behind the promotion of the Greenway and we appreciate that support,” he said.


“It’s vital that everyone in Waterford becomes an ambassador – not just for the Greenway, but for all of the wonderful attractions and activities that can be experienced in Waterford.”


Also making an appearance in the video are cyclists from Dungarvan Cycling Club, and local stalwarts Tom and Helen O’Mahony of O’Mahony’s at Shanacool.


Dungarvan brand design agency, TOTEM, directed the video, while the videographer was Dominique Davoust, and drone work was by Colin Shanahan of DigiCol.


For further information see Follow the Waterford Greenway on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #WaterfordGreenway and #BeautifulJourney

WIT Annual Alzheimer’s Tea Day 2017




WIT is running a seminar on dementia-related conditions on Thursday, 27 April on WIT’s main campus to mark The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s national fundraising campaign ‘Tea Day’.


Speakers include Kathy Ryan on living with dementia and Professor Ríona Mulcahy, University Hospital Waterford.


The seminar is in addition to a fundraising event for staff and students in the morning and an information bus on campus in the afternoon, with Amy a nurse who has dementia specific knowledge and experiences available to talk to the general public.


The fundraising information event will take place from 5pm with talks starting at 6-8.30pm. These include: Kathy Ryan 'Living with Dementia', Prof Riona Mulachy 'Challenges in Dementia', Jemma Kehoe 'Therapeutic Foods for Dementia', Dr Sinead Conneely 'Legal Planning and Decision Making: Changes in Irish Law and Policy'. Booking is not required. Details available at


Fiona Whelan-Ryan, a marketing lecturer at WIT is behind the initiative which will involve a fundraising ‘Tea Day’ for staff and students on the morning of Thursday, 27 April. WIT runs its Tea Day earlier than the national event to help maximize funds raised before students break for exams. Staff and students at Waterford Institute of Technology raised more than €3,000 for The Alzheimer Society of Ireland last year.


This is a campus-wide initiative with staff and students coming together from various departments to raise funds for the local branch of the ASI.


Whelan-Ryan says: “1 in 2 people in Ireland know someone who has been diagnosed with dementia. But only 1 in 4 say they have a good understanding of dementia. We want to raise awareness about dementia and support services that are there and as a college community to ‘understand together’.”


CEO of the ASI Pat McLoughlin said: “Last year Alzheimer’s Tea Day raised €470,000, thanks to our wonderful Tea Day hosts and all those who attended and supported events around the country. We’re delighted that Medtronic are with us again this year as their support has been vital. The money this campaign has generated has made a real and lasting difference to the lives of people in local communities living with dementia as all funds raised by Alzheimer’s Tea Day locally stay local and help to support vital lifelines across our range of services including Day Care, Home Care, Family Carer Training and Dementia Advisers. 1 in 2 of us knows someone who has been diagnosed with dementia that could be your mother, father, uncle, aunt, sibling or friend.”


For more information or to register for Alzheimer’s Tea Day fundraising pack, visit or call 1800 719 820.


Donate at

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