Ireland’s longest Greenway officially opens in Waterford

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Up to 10,000 people celebrated the official opening today, Saturday of the Waterford Greenway, the longest off-road walking and cycling experience in Ireland. Events took place at three different locations in Waterford, and on the Greenway itself, to mark the launch of the €15 million project, which runs 46km from Waterford City to Dungarvan along the former Great Southern and Western Railway line.


The ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the old Kilmacthomas Station House, the half way point on the trail, while family-friendly events took place at Waterford Institute of Technology’s West Campus, the Dungarvan Causeway and Kilmacthomas village.


Speaking at Kilmacthomas, Mayor of Waterford, Cllr Adam Wyse said: “The Greenway is a wonderful asset for the South East. The trail will be an invaluable tourism draw for the region, where visitors, either on foot or by bike, can take in spectacular views, from the Comeragh mountains to the Copper Coast.”


Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney TD added: “This world class amenity will provide a boost to the local economy, along with offering leisure, health, transportation and environmental benefits. A shining example for future projects of its kind across the country, the Waterford Greenway highlights Ireland’s focus on promoting sustainable tourism.”


The opening ceremony at Kilmacthomas saw a performance from a choir of over 60 primary school children, while the Naval Service Reserve also marked the occasion by setting off a series of parachute flares, visible from a distance of 10 miles.


Attendees included Fáilte Ireland's Head of Ireland's Ancient East, Jenny De Saulles and Chief Executive of the Heritage Council, Michael Starrett.


The major tourism initiative features in the Atlantic Coast Route of EuroVelo, a long-distance cycling network connecting Europe. It is also part of Fáilte Ireland’s Ancient East experience.


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Minister for Health Promotion visits Waterford


Minister For Health Promotion


To recognise Waterford City and County Council’s involvement in the World Health Organization Healthy Cities Project over the past seven years, Minister of State for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, T.D, visited Waterford to present a certificate of accreditation to the National Healthy Cities and Counties of Ireland Network to Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Adam Wyse and Michael Walsh, CEO, Waterford City and County Council.


With the significant development in 2013 of Healthy Ireland – the National Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing – the WHO Healthy Cities model has been identified as the way to develop key partnerships at the local level to implement Healthy Ireland. Healthy Ireland aims to shift the focus to prevention of diseases, seeks to reduce health inequalities, and emphasises the need to empower people and communities to better look after their own health and wellbeing.


Minister Corcoran Kennedy, T.D., congratulated Waterford City and County Council on having the vision to be involved in the WHO Healthy Cities for the past seven years and for making a commitment to work to become healthier places for all. Minister Corcoran Kennedy added that “as a former elected member of a Local Authority I know that Local Authorities are uniquely placed to bridge the gap between national policy and local implementation. I know the influence and reach that Local Authorities, in particular the recently formed Local Community Development Committees, have in every community and I see huge potential for them to contribute to building a healthier Ireland”.

'Get Greenway Ready' Seminar


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Date: Tuesday, 28th March 2017

Time: 6.00-9.00pm

Where: The Park Hotel, Dungarvan

Cost: Free


This ‘Get Greenway Ready!’ seminar is designed give you all the information you need about the new Waterford Greenway, including the future plans for promotion and tourism. Aimed at all existing businesses, potential businesses and community groups, the seminar will also explore how you can go about developing or expanding your business to take advantage of this fantastic new development.


The possibilities presented by the Greenway are endless – this event is an important opportunity to discuss how we as a county can secure the greatest impact for our region. This event will give you a chance to network, make contacts and find out more about the services and facilities already in place. A range of agencies and institutions will be on hand to outline what they can offer, from support and advice to funding and grants.


The Seminar will feature a number of short presentations:


  • RIKON/WIT School of Business report on their detailed study of the Greenway
  • Failte Ireland detail how the Greenway fits into the ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ concept
  • Local Enterprise Office & Waterford Council highlight funding and opportunities
  • Waterford Leader Partnership on local funding and projects
  • Helen O'Mahony from O'Mahony’s Pub in Durrow and Helen Ridgard of Kilmacthomas Social Enterprise Group will speak on the early impact of the Greenway from a personal and community perspective
  • Naoive Coggin of Browne’s Self Catering shares her experience of the value of community networking and referrals.
  • Angelo Hurley, Lecturer in Tourism Management at WIT will deliver a presentation on the Greenway as an economic resource


This free event is a Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber Seminar for businesses organised in association with Waterford City & County Council & Waterford Local Enterprise Office.


Places will be limited so booking is essential - contact 058 45054 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to secure your place.

Blaas For Kids


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WLR’s Blaas for Kids is back for the sixth year, helping children in need in Waterford through The Déise's favourite food, the Blaa.


This year, WLR is teaming up with Touching Hearts, the charity behind the building of a new facility to replace the Sacred Heart Centre on Lady Lane, which looks after children from 0-18 years of age with additional needs. This new centre will be built on the grounds of St. Otterans in Waterford City. Although the project is backed by the HSE, the facility cannot be built without financial support and donations from the public, and the sooner we can raise the funds needed, the sooner these children will be able to get the care they deserve in an environment suitable for their needs.


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Appointment of Chair to the Governing Body of WIT


Applications are now invited, via the State Boards Website (see details below), from suitably qualified applicants with a demonstrable interest in Higher Education, for the position of Chairperson of the Governing Body of WIT.


Applicants must have:

  • Significant senior management level experience in corporate governance (including strategy, governance and change management) in a large/complex organisation.
  • Previous Board experience


It is also a requirement that applicants satisfy the criteria in either or both of the categories set out below:


  • Strategic Management and Organisational Development:


Significant senior level practical experience in developing and implementing strategy in a large public or private sector organisation and/or programme and project management.


  • Finance and Budgeting:


Significant senior level practical experience in finance and audit in an organisation with a large annual budget or turnover.


Conflicts of Interest:

No current employee of any of the Institutions and no current employee of any Higher Education Institution in Ireland will be considered for this position. This is to avoid, as far as possible, any appearance of a conflict of interest that could arise by a member of staff of a higher education institution holding a particular class, description or grade of position and, at the same time, being a chairperson of the Governing Body of an Institute of Technology.


Appointment to be made by: Minister for Education and Skills

Location of Board Meetings: Waterford

Relevant Website:

Information Booklet: 1731603_Final Information Booklet WIT Chair.pdf

Date Vacancy Advertised: 22/02/2017

Closing Date: 3.00pm on 24/03/2017

Reference ID: 1731603

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SOS Wellness Workshop Waterford




SOS is delighted to be hosting a Wellness Workshop on Tuesday, 4th April 2017.


This is a full day workshop running from 9.30am – 4.30pm with lunch included.


If you or anyone you know would like to attend please visit:


The Wellness Workshop isa one day workshop that aims to help people understand, take charge of and responsibility for their own mental health. SOS is currently running a series of workshops throughout the country which are being offered free of charge to participants, thanks to our wonderful funders the National Office of Suicide Prevention, our Donors and our Fundraisers.


Our facilitators come from very diverse backgrounds including clinical psychology, motivational speakers, lived life experiences and trained therapists. They combine personal testimony with practical tools and tips that you can use in your everyday life to improve your own wellness.


Throughout the day the workshop will look at our thinking process, the wellness continuum, mindfulness, personality traits, and the wheel of change. This is all done in a very interactive non-intrusive and fun way. Areas covered on the day include relaxation and stress management, understanding the relationship between thoughts and emotions, developing a wellness toolkit and daily plan.



French Ambassador celebrates French and Irish gastronomy at WIT


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The French Ambassador to Ireland, Monsieur Jean-Pierre Thébault visited Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) today as part of the ‘Good France’ or ‘Goût de France’ series of culinary events being hosted throughout Ireland this March to celebrate French and Irish gastronomy.


According to Ambassador Thébault, ‘“Good France / Goût de France is an exceptional opportunity to showcase the vitality of agrifood links which exist between our two countries”.


“I am delighted that this third edition of Good France allows for the participation of Culinary Arts Schools in Ireland, many of whom share a strong connection with French schools, particularly under the Erasmus+ programme. The possibility for Irish and French students to train in another country, learn new skills and improve their language abilities during their education is a sign of the strong bonds which unite our two countries and an excellent sign for the future of French and Irish cuisine,” Ambassador Thebault said.


Welcoming Ambassador Thébault to WIT, Institute President, Professor Willie Donnelly spoke of the close historical links between Ireland and France and referred in particular to the excellent relationship that WIT enjoys with some twenty-two partner universities throughout France.


“French students account for one of our largest international student cohorts on campus with some 84 French students studying at WIT this academic year”, Professor Donnelly relayed.


The Goût de France lunch at WIT was based on a traditional 8 course menu by renowned French chef Auguste Escoffier. Escoffier launched the ‘Dîners d’Épicure’ (Epicurean Dinners) initiative in 1912; the same menu, on the same day, in several world cities. These dinners includes an apéritif with finger food, a starter, two main courses, a cheese platter and a dessert, accompanied by French wines. This international Good France event is to take place March 21 in 150 countries around the world bringing together some 2000 chefs in over 2000 different culinary establishments.


The culinary team at WIT was led by Chef Tony Barry, himself an admirer of Escoffier’s tradition, and students from the BA (Hons) Culinary Arts and Higher Certificate in Hospitality Studies programmes.


During the visit, Ambassador Thébault met with some of the French students who currently study at WIT across a variety of academic programmes. The Ambassador was particularly pleased to meet students from the Hotel and Tourism School at the University of Angers who are studying similar subjects at WIT and thoroughly enjoying their experience.


Head of Department of Languages and Tourism, Ray Cullen said, “The French language has been taught at WIT for over 40 years and is offered on a variety of programmes including the BA (Hons) programme in Arts, Bachelor of Business and BA (Hons) Hospitality Management. Students have the opportunity to spend one or two semesters of their undergraduate programme at WIT at any of our partner universities in France or indeed throughout the world.”


In attendance at the lunch were a wide variety of civic and industrial leaders from the city including Alderman Adam Wyse, Mayor of Waterford City and County, President of WIT, Prof Willie Donnelly, President of the Waterford Chamber of Commerce, Laurent Borla, himself a French citizen, Davy Walsh, chairman of the Waterford-Saint Herblain twin towns committee, representatives of the Waterford Alliance Française and a number of French language teachers from local secondary schools. 

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