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Hooks And Crookes

The much travelled and well liked local Sea Shanty Group, Hooks and Crookes, are hosting a concert on Friday, 24th November at 8pm in the Coast Guard station.

They have produced a new CD with its head line song written and composed by Joe Phelan called “The Seahorse”. This Song tells the story of the loss in 1816 of 360 lives in Tramore bay which resulted in the erection of the Metal man and the three and two towers pin pointing the entrance to Tramore Bay and its dangers to shipping.

The evenings programme will be supported by Claire Musgrave performing with Damien Kehoe, Derek Flynn Reading and Songs from Newfoundland, Fintan Power Poetry of our time and Davy’s List a traditional Instrumental grouping of local talent and of course the wonder sea songs and variety of cultural mix from Hooks and Crookes themselves.

The entrance fee is a token fee of €5 to cover admin costs and there will be  a free draw based on the entrance ticket.

All performances are greatly enhanced by an appreciative audience so get here early for a pleasant evening of light entertainment!

The School of Business in WIT are delighted to host a ‘Taster’ event on Tuesday, 21st November from 9am to 1pm to showcase our new programme, the Certificate in Project Management. The event is kindly supported by Waterford Chamber Skillnet.

This is a 15 week programme, at level 8, specifically designed for those who are keen to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to perform effectively at an executive level in organisations. It aims to equip candidates with modern tools for effective decision-making and to provide them with the ability to evaluate their decisions in the context of real-world case examples.

The event will act as a combination of an information session about the programme and a ‘taster’ for what participants will experience from January 2018. At present, we offer the Certificate in Management Development and the Higher Diploma in Business in Management using a new blended learning mode of delivery. This means that a sizable proportion of participants’ contact time is delivered online. For participants and their employers, this reduces travel time and accommodates the busy and sometimes hard to plan lives that so many people have.

High quality recorded lectures are provided online on scheduled dates, which participants can access and watch (and re-watch) at their pace. Online live sessions with the class are also facilitated, where participants can ask questions and engage in discussion on the material that they have watched and read. There is the facility to utilise other online methods as appropriate, including discussion forums, readings, quizzes and videos. Participants are formally assessed in each module, with assessments again submitted online.

Face to face lectures and workshops do take place, but to facilitate participants and their employers, we have timetabled these on one Friday and one Saturday together in each month in a ‘block release’ fashion. This effectively means that participants only need to be in physical attendance for up to eight days per semester that are scheduled in advance to allow for planning, which is much less than traditional programmes but – crucially – the content and the learning is not compromised in any way.

Who should attend?

The taster event is for both those who are interested in becoming programme participants and organisations/employers who might like to consider sending staff on the programme. Those in attendance at the event will get to experience what programme participants will experience in January by viewing pre-recorded online lecture content, engaging in an online discussion around this content and taking part in a short group case study in a physical class environment. We anticipate that demand for this event will be considerable and we are asking that anyone interested in attending books their place in advance.

To book a place at this event, please contact:

Ms. Margo O’Dowd at 051-302036 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For queries or further information please contact:

Dr Chris O’Riordan, programme director, Certificate in Project Management This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Prof. Denis Harrington, head of graduate business This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Where: Dunmore Room, Tower Hotel, Waterford City

When: Monday, 20th November

Time: 8.00am

Brexit is a big challenge facing the island of Ireland. It affects sectors and regions in different ways.

This discussion document is to explore how it affects the South-East and how we can protect the region from the impact of Brexit.

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WIT SEAI Award10 November 2017: The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) last night announced the winners of its Sustainable Energy Awards at a gala event which saw Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) take away the top prize for Energy Team of the Year.

The Awards reward excellence in energy management in businesses, communities and public sector organisations. WIT impressed judges with its organisation wide approach to saving energy, with staff and students working together it has surpassed its 33% energy efficiency target and is saving an impressive €300,000 per year on energy bills.

Commenting on the Awards, Jim Gannon, Chief Executive of SEAI, said:

“The SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards are all about showcasing the excellent work that is happening around the country as businesses, communities and public bodies push the boundaries in energy efficiency and the switch to clean energy. This is especially the case where climate change is at the forefront of the news agenda, particularly as countries gather for climate talks at COP23 in Bonn right now. The 120 entrants to the Awards are playing their part and I commend the winners on their outstanding achievements in saving energy.”

Speaking on their Energy Team Award win, Elaine Greenan, Estates Manager from WIT said:

“We are truly delighted to win this Sustainable Energy Award. This acknowledges the dedication and commitment from both staff and students who have worked tirelessly for the last number of years to make our campus a better place to work and study. In addition to the significant savings that we’re achieving, we’re extremely proud that we have surpassed our 33% energy efficiency target and can be considered a green campus.”

This is the 14th year of the SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards and entrants to the eight categories demonstrated savings of over €27 million. Other winners on the night included Dairygold in the Large Business Energy Management category. The company completed seven significant energy management projects in the past 18 months delivering annual savings of €300,000. The National Ambulance Service won the Public Sector Award for reducing fuel use and emissions from a combination of driver behaviour change, an eco-anti-idle system and built in solar chargers.

New to the Awards this year, was a €10,000 bursary for the winner of the Research category. Exergyn picked up this prize for its research on the development of a zero emissions engine that converts low grade heat into power. The funding will go towards the next stages of research for the company as it tests the longevity of different materials for its engine.

Other winners of the Awards included; Energy Communities Tipperary Co-Op for the Community Award, M50 Concession Ltd for the Small Business Award, Astellas Kerry for the Large Business Energy Project Award, and Durkan Residential for the Energy in Design Award.

For full details on all winning projects, visit www.seai.ie.

Crystal Valley Tech Showcase

Waterford witnessed a great turnout for its showcase of Waterford and South East's tech companies on 9th November 2017 in WIT Arena.

There were 60 Companies in the end and almost 3,000 attendees (thanks to the phenomenal WIT group that worked on this), and there was an announcement of Suir Valley Ventures leading a €1m investment in Provision and a fantastic speaker line up.

Feedback from the attendees surpassed expectations, from Sales Leads to Company Visits to Idea Sharing - the appetite for this group is enormous. Crystal Valley Tech is very excited about 2018 and taking up many of the offers of help from the attendees in WIT Arena.

For any Tech companies that we missed - contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The board of Crystal Valley Tech want to extend a huge thanks to all involved in a great event.

Suir Valley ProVision

Suir Valley Ventures, the entrepreneur-led venture capital fund, launched in February 2017, has, together with private investors, invested a combined total of €1,000,000 in ProVision Vehicle Cameras, a leading Internet of Things (‘IoT’) company focused on providing advanced fleet and driver management systems.

This is Suir’s fourth investment and follows closely on the heels of investments in an educational VR business, Immersive VR Education, leading IoT cloud platform, Wia, and reality games developer, WarDucks.

ProVision is a world leader in the field of quality video recording capabilities known as CameraMatics. This technology provides remotely accessible IoT solutions to manage and reduce fleet risk, enhance driver safety, increase fleet efficiencies and help operators comply with growing governance and compliance regulations. The technology combines highest quality vehicle camera and tracking technology linked to advanced cloud software, and ProVision’s most advanced products can issue warnings such as flagging driver fatigue, mobile phone use, collision dangers, lane departure and driver distractions, ultimately improving road safety and helping companies with compliance requirements.

ProVision has already installed its systems into hundreds of fleets across the UK and Ireland, comprising thousands of vehicles, and plans to accelerate the roll-out through its partnerships with large fleet operators, leading insurance providers, motor manufacturers, and fleet leasing companies; the investment will enable ProVision to further implement its strategic expansion plans.

As part of the investment, Gareth Burchell, Head of Stockbroking at Shard Capital Stockbrokers, is joining the board of ProVision, bringing with him more than 15 years of experience in the City.

Suir Valley Ventures Managing Partner, Barry Downes, said, “This seed funding will enable ProVision, with its proven technology, to modernise an even greater number of fleets, resulting in increased road safety, compliance with regulations and shielding them from fraudulent claims against drivers. The IoT is an industry with vast potential and ProVision’s unique cloud based software solution provides fleet managers with the most comprehensive end-to-end solution available in the market. It is a privilege to support the ProVision team and we look forward to helping them to take their business to the next level.”

Mervyn O’Callaghan, Managing Director of ProVision, said, “IoT is growing at the speed of light; its total market size is expected to grow to $3.7 billion by 2020 up from $900 million in 2015. ProVision, with its established client base and proven technology, is perfectly placed to capitalise on this flourishing industry. We are delighted with the support that we have received from Suir Valley and our private investors and look forward to gaining an even stronger foothold in the sector.”

 

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