Nemeton TV expands into Scotland for major contract


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An Rinn-based TV company, Nemeton, has landed a major contract in Scotland for almost 200 hours of TV sport per year on the BBC ALBA channel.


The coverage will include Guinness PRO12 rugby, the Scottish Premiership (SPFL) and shinty. Today’s announcement marks a huge step forward for Nemeton which has seen steady growth in recent years.


CEO and owner, Irial Mac Murchú says: “Today’s announcement is a moment of immense pride for us. We are delighted to have won this contract, and in the process beating some of Britain’s biggest and most respected production companies. It is a game-changer to be taking on such a significant contract in another country and is a tribute to our hard working team in Waterford as well as the existing production team at mneTV in Glasgow who will now join Nemeton to deliver this contract. mneTV did not pitch for the contract this time.”


“It is a confluence of everything we love to do: sport, technology and creativity. Whilst it is an international contract it feels like an extension of home to be working with our Celtic partners. We look forward to working with MG ALBA and BBC ALBA and developing the opportunities that lie ahead. Our goal is to build on our existing work for TG4, bringing innovative live sport to fans everywhere.”


Nemeton, which will now employ up to 60 staff, produces TG4’s very successful live GAA and Guinness PRO12 coverage as well as web TV content for a variety of corporate clients including New York-based Adorama TV, AIB’s #THETOUGHEST campaign, the GAA and the PRO12. The company also provides people and satellite facilities for a range of broadcasters at home and abroad including RTÉ, Sky Sports and the BBC. The contract begins on 1 July 2017 and will run for three years.

Spinathon 2017


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AIB Ardkeen and Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) are hosting a fundraising Spinathon at Ardkeen Stores on Friday 31st March. Volunteer spinners will be taking turns to keep the wheels spinning on two spinning bikes in the foyer of Ardkeen Stores for twelve hours from 8am -8pm.  Come along and support AIB staff members, local business people and hospital staff as they sweat it out for WHAT.


All proceeds will go towards funding the ongoing arts programme of the Waterford Healing Arts Trust.  The Trust brings live arts experiences to the bedsides of patients in University Hospital Waterford as well to visitors and staff of the hospital and the wider community as a means of improving the hospital experience for all. 


In the words of the Acting Arts Director, Claire Meaney, “we fund-raise on a constant basis to support our activities. We hope as many people from Waterford as possible can support this event. The more people that come along and support the spinners, the better the event will be.”


According to Carol Normoyle, Branch Manager AIB Ardkeen, “The Waterford Healing Arts Trust is close to the hearts of the people of Waterford and we are delighted to support its good work.  AIB as a Community Bank is thrilled to support this local initiative.”


For further information, contact the Waterford Healing Arts Trust at 051 842 664.

1878 Celebrations at Kilmeadan Station


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As celebrations went on all along the route of the Waterford Greenway during the weekend, the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway Company decided to commemorate the railway line on which the Greenway has been developed.


Visitors to Kilmeadan Station took a step back in time to remember the Waterford to Cork railway line which opened as a passenger service on the on the 12th August 1878. The Waterford & Suir Valley Railway crew dressed in 1878 costume, there was a pig roasting on a spit, Metalman Brewing Company provided the Ale, a Victorian railway luggage trolley and trunks were on the platform. Other props included milk churns and wooded casks as both would have been delivered to Kilmeadan Station by train to be collected by shop keepers and publicans. The background music was a mix of Irish and English from the Victorian era including Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore, also first performed in 1878.


The atmosphere at Kilmeadan Station was celebratory as cyclists and walkers entered the station from both the Waterford and Dungarvan direction. They stopped for refreshments and mingled with the visitors who came to enjoy the railway experience. Children played together in the play area, making friends.


Along the train route between Kilmeadan and Carriganore, it was wonderful to see the activity, as cyclists, walkers and passengers waved to each other in passing.  One of the train drivers remarked, as well as the longest greenway in Ireland it will probably also be the friendliest. 


Maria Kyte, Manager of the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway welcomed the opening of the Waterford Greenway, she said, “The vision for the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway since its inception in 2001 was that the area through which it operates would become a linear park with so much to do visitors would have to spend a few days in Waterford to experience it all. The Waterford Greenway is the start of this becoming a reality.  In a few weeks it will be possible to access Mount Congreve Gardens from the Waterford Greenway. A railway platform is being built there at the moment. Other future developments will include the excavation of the Woodstown Viking Site and the Gracedieu Native Woodland Trust Park. This is a very exciting time to be working in tourism in Waterford.” 


While the beautiful weather contributed to the success of the opening weekend, it is already possible to see what a wonderful amenity Waterford Greenway is for the people of Waterford and Waterford & Suir Valley Railway is an essential part of it.

Business of the Week: Arachas


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Arachas Corporate Brokers is Ireland’s largest independently owned insurance and risk management brokerage with offices in Dublin, Cork and Waterford.


Their unique and dynamic approach will provide insurance solutions that can greatly benefit your business.


Arachas will:

  • Identify and understand your insurance requirements.
  • Create innovative and comprehensive insurance solutions that are cost-effective and results driven.
  • Deliver superior customer service supported by a broad range of specialist skills and in-depth industry knowledge.
  • Manage claim negotiations on your behalf to ensure the full benefits of policy covers are achieved.
  • Communicate with you on an ongoing basis to keep you abreast of market developments.


They believe in being a business partner to you. By using their specialist skills, they can deliver flexible products to cater for your insurance requirements and various pricing options.


They are the partner for Ireland to Assurex Global Network; the world’s largest privately held Risk Management, Commercial Insurance and Employee Benefit Brokerage Group. Only one independent broker per market is invited to become an Assurex Global Partner.


Arachas is one of only two Irish incorporated Lloyd’s brokers and, as such, can offer their clients unparalleled access to Lloyd’s, the world’s leading specialist insurance market.

Solas Cancer Support Centre - New Board Members


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The Solas Cancer Support Centre is pleased to announce that Ms Marian Keane and Mr John Lawless have joined the Board of Directors of the charity.


In introducing these new appointees Dr Brian Creedon, Chair of the Board welcomed both these additions to the Board: "On behalf of our Directors I am pleased to welcome Marian and John to the Board of the Solas Cancer Support Centre and thank them both for offering their services on a voluntary basis to the charity. Both bring a wide range of experience to this position and we are particularly pleased to have a representative from Co Waterford on the Board, having opened our West Waterford service in Dungarvan in September 2016."


The Solas Cancer Support Centre offers free cancer support to those affected by cancer, their families and carers. These services are available in their centre at Williamstown in Waterford City and in their West Waterford service based in the Alternative Health Clinic in Dungarvan. For details on these free services visit the website-


The current Directors are Dr Paula Calvert, Dr Brian Creedon, Mr Simon Fahey, Ms Deirdre Jacques,  Mr Fiachra O'Ceilleachair and Mr Mathew O’Shea.

Focus Visual Communication Open Mornings


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Visit us for demonstrations of the impressive ISOframe Display Systems along with other portable displays, take advantage of the time to talk to our staff one and one and find out what we can achieve for your display requirements! The cakes are on us.....


To register, call Ann or Jenny on 051 832742.

Waterford Institute of Technology and Keltech Shortlisted for Knowledge Transfer Ireland 2017 Impact Awards


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Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and Waterford company Keltech have been shortlisted in the Consultancy Impact category for the prestigious Knowledge Transfer Ireland Impact Awards 2017. The annual KTI Impact Awards showcases and celebrates successes in knowledge transfer carried out in Irish publicly funded research performing organisations (RPO) in the previous year.


The Consultancy Impact award recognises and pays tribute to a researcher/research group in providing expert consultancy advice and support to a business or public sector organisation that will have resulted in a demonstrable economic and/or public benefit.  The award celebrates both the company success and the RPO, including the support provided by the Technology Transfer Office (TTO).


The Waterford Institute of Technology shortlisted application for this Award is Dr. Patrick Lynch, Centre Director of RIKON. An international-leading centre of excellence in the study of Service Innovation and Business Process Excellence, RIKON has been a success story in working with companies to help them create new business or re-imagine how they do business better.


The consultancy project between RIKON and Keltech involved the development of an innovative blue-ocean strategic vision that moved the company from a metal fabrication sub-contractor to a metal contract manufacturing outsourcing partner. This represented a huge business transformation for Keltech. Founded in 1989 by the current manging director Ray Breen, Keltech began as a humble mechanical workshop with a supporting team of mechanical fitters working off-site servicing local companies. It has now evolved into a metal contract manufacturing outsourcing partner, employing 130 people, located in a modern automated 90,000 sq. ft. facility, and whose clients are Original Equipment Manufacturers across Europe (e.g. Yanmar, Toyota Denso, Liebherr) who outsource their sub-assembly manufacturing processes to Keltech for integration into their main production line.


Commenting on the nomination, Dr. Lynch stated that “to be shortlisted for this prestigious award is a great recognition from Knowledge Transfer Ireland as to the calibre and impact of the consultancy delivered and to the very technically challenging problem of creating and deploying a blue ocean strategy in a real-time commercial environment”.


Critical to the implementation and success of this project was the strong commitment of the Keltech management board and in particular the General Manager, Declan Walsh, who was the internal project champion, “at the heart of this success story is a truly collaborative and integrated relationship between Keltech and RIKON where we have empowered our employees to have the belief in themselves to take ownership of the transformation to ensure a culture of continuous improvement and change management was embedded in Keltech.


According to Dr. James O’Sullivan, Technology Transfer Manager, WIT -“RIKON have got under the hood of the Keltech business model which has allowed significant savings for the company in addition to the realisation of new business opportunities.  Service model innovation is complex and the TTO has remained a silent partner in the background ensuring all of the contracting and IP is professionally and efficiently managed.”


The KTI Impact Awards will take place on Thursday, 30th March 2017 in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

President Higgins to attend a performance of 'Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye'


KCurrams JIHKY 2017 promo shot 031Garter Lane Arts Centre is delighted to announce that President of Ireland Michael D Higgins and Mrs Sabina Higgins will attend Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye by Jim Nolan when it is performed at the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire on Thursday 30th March. The national tour of this Garter Lane production is going to nine venues including Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny, Glor Theatre, Ennis, Town Hall Theatre, Galway, Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick, Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Port Laoise and the Everyman Theatre, Cork with funding from the Arts Council and Waterford City & County Council and sponsorship from Blackwater Distillery.


Jim Nolan, playwright and director of the production said "I'm honoured that the President of Ireland will attend this performance, as are the cast of Michael Hayes, Garrett Keogh, Ema Lemon, Ciaran McMahon and Deirdre Monaghan and the crew. At the heart of the play is an exploration of the extent to which Irish society has measured up to the ideals expressed in the 1916 Proclamation. This exploration is one I am hopeful will resonate with President Higgins, whose tenure has been has been distinguished by a continued championing of our most marginalised citizens."


Caroline Senior, artistic director of Garter Lane Arts Centre said "Garter Lane Arts Centre has a long association with the work of Jim Nolan, with many of the world premières of his work having taken place in our theatre. With the support of the Arts Council and Waterford City & County Council, we are delighted to have the chance to tour this wonderful production which we first produced in 2016 nationwide to eight venues, and we are delighted that President and Mrs Higgins will be joining us in the Pavilion Theatre."


Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye continues its nationwide tour with performances in Lime Tree Theatre Limerick on Wednesday 29th March, Pavilion Theatre Dun Laoghaire on Thursday 30th and Friday 31st March, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge on Saturday 1st April, Dunamaise Arts Centre on Tues 4th April and The Everyman Cork from Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th April. Further details from

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