Creative writing for health and well-being

The Arts Office, Waterford City and County Council in association with the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore and the Keep Well Campaign presents …


With Lani O’Hanlon, writer, poet and movement therapist.

Creative writing for health and well-being on every level, for those of you who would like to begin or have already set out on your writing journey.

Over five weeks we will explore memories of people, place, things and the natural world through the body and the senses, creating memoir, poetry and stories gently and effortlessly, using a combination of body-focused meditation and writing prompts.

We will share our writing giving gentle feedback and encouragement.

This five-week course, two hours weekly (with breaks) on Zoom begins on Tuesday 23rd March 2021 and for the four subsequent Tuesdays to a total of five sessions. Time to be confirmed but please indicate if you would prefer a daytime or evening session.

We are offering FREE places to people based within Waterford City and County Council’s administrative area. As places are limited, your expression of interest will form the basis for selection. No correspondence will be entered into regarding decisions. If there is capacity with places, people from outside the county can apply for a place and the fee is €175.

A commitment to attend each session is necessary for the groups’ well-being supported by the facilitator. PLEASE DO NOT APPLY FOR THIS COURSE UNLESS YOU CAN FULLY COMMIT TO IT.

Expressions of interest must be submitted to on or before Monday 8th March 2021 at noon.

Making a submission indicates that you give permission to share your contact details with the facilitator for the purposes of contacting you for the online sessions.


Author of Dancing the Rainbow Holistic Well-Being through Movement and The Little Theatre poetry chapbook, Lani O’ Hanlon is an experienced group facilitator, writer and movement artist/therapist working in Arts and Health with WHAT and with Grace Wells and Waterford City and County Arts Office developing Inspirational writing workshops in the Landscape and The Sacred Wild and The Molly Keane Writers Retreats.

She has an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University and her work has been published widely in various literary magazines and anthologies; including Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times, Mslexia, Orbis, Southword, Vanguard and the anthologies Pandemia from the Munster Literature Centre, and Staying Human, Bloodaxe. Her writing is broadcast regularly on RTE’s Sunday Miscellany and she was one of Poetry Ireland’s Introductory poets in 2020. Her writing has won or been highly commended for a number of awards including; The Hennessey New Irish Writing, The Bridport Prize, Poetry on the Lake, The Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair and with Film Director Fiona Aryan’s Virginia gave me Roses which won the 2019 International IndieCork / Ó Bhéal prize for best Poetry-Film and was featured in the Zebra Poetry Film Festival, Berlin in 2020.

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Minister Naughton Announces Further Extension to Driving Licences

Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton TD has announced today 24th February 2021, details of a further extension to the expiry dates of driving licences. The move comes as the EU and national Governments take steps in response to the disruption caused by Covid-19 to driver licensing services across the EU.

The extension will apply to different groups of licence holders including those who benefited from extensions in 2020.

Drivers who are affected by the extension are encouraged to check the new expiry date of their driving licence by using the expiry date calculator on www.ndls.ieEnter the expiry date printed on your driving licence into the calculator and it will tell you the new expiry date.

Commenting on the extension to driving licences Minister Naughton said that “This extension to driving licences will address the concerns that drivers have in renewing their licence. I would strongly encourage drivers to check the new expiry date of their driving licence by using the expiry date calculator on”

Continuing, Minister Naughton said, “Anyone who receives the licence extension will not be sent out a new licence. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) which manages the NDLS will automatically update driver records to show the new expiry date. A letter will then be sent to every customer who is entitled to the extension, explaining that the expiry date of their licence is being extended. The RSA has also told Insurance Ireland and An Garda Síochána about the new expiry date of driving licences.”

The change will apply as follows:

  • Any licence holder, who has not already renewed, and whose licence expired between 1 March 2020 and 31 May 2020 will have a new expiry date of 1 July 2021.
  • Any licence holder, who has not already renewed, and whose licence expired between 1 June 2020 and 31 August 2020 will have thirteen months (which includes the previous extension) added to their expiry date. By way of example a licence which expired on 31 August 2020 will have a new expiry date of 30 September 2021.
  • Any licence holder, who has not already renewed and whose licence expiry date is between 1 September 2020 and 30 June 2021 will have an extra ten months added to their expiry date. By way of example a licence which expires on 30 June 2021 will have a new expiry date of 30 April 2022.

Drivers who have been granted an extension and who have already booked an appointment at an NDLS centre, to renew their licence, are being asked to cancel the appointment, to make it available for others who need it.

National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres remain open to essential workers.

Anyone who posted an application form to renew their licence is being advised that the NDLS may not be able to process their application. This will happen if the driver record has been updated and is already showing the new expiry date of your driving licence. Any original supporting documents, submitted with an application form, will be returned. Refunds will be made where applicable (licence renewal for over 70s is free).

Any driver can renew a driving licence within three months of the new expiry date. When your driving licence is due for renewal, you can renew it online on To renew it online, you must have a Public Services Card (PSC) and a verified MyGovID account. You will get more information about a PSC at and about a verified MyGovID account at

For further information on extension of driving licences, please visit the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) or the Road Safety Authority (RSA)


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Waterford Winner of Eavan Boland Mentoring Award

The current Waterford Poetry Prize winner, Molly Twomey from Lismore, Co. Waterford has been announced as the poet selected to be mentored by Dorianne Laux as the Eavan Boland Award winner, established by Jacar Press to honour one of Ireland’s greatest poets.

Molly Twomey said in her application “I am a huge fan of Boland’s work and wrote an essay about her first collection, In Her Own Image, for my BA in English literature. Subsequently, I studied her poetry for my MA in Creative Writing in University College Cork where I received the title of college scholar. She empowered me to write about my own experience and that of the women around me, often through the guise of mythology.”

Molly Twomey holds an MA in Creative Writing from UCC and has been published in journals such as Poetry Ireland, Crannóg, The Stinging Fly, Banshee, and The Irish Times. She won the Padraic Colum Poetry Prize in 2019, the Waterford Poetry Prize in 2020, and has been selected for Words Ireland’s National Mentoring Programme 2020. In 2020, Molly was one of two poets from Cork, Ireland who participated in the annual international poetry exchange between Cork and Coventry (UK).

Dorianne Laux is one of the U.S.’ most beloved poets. Her sixth collection, Only As the Day is Long: New and Selected Poems was named a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her fifth collection,The Book of Men, was awarded The Paterson Prize. Her fourth book of poems, Facts About the Moon, won The Oregon Book Award and was short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Laux is also the author of Awake; What We Carry, a finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award; Smoke; as well as a fine small press edition, The Book of Women. She is the co-author of the celebrated text The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry.

The Arts Office congratulate Molly on this wonderful achievement and wish her continued writing success.

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Bain triail aisti – Seachtain na Gaeilge sna Déise with Waterford City & County Council

Seachtain na Gaeilge is being celebrated in Waterford again this year, with events and activities taking place online due to the pandemic.

The Irish Office of Waterford City & County Council is collaborating with a number of different groups to provide a range of events and activities and people from all over the world are welcome to join us online to celebrate the Irish language and culture of the Déise.

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Staff from the Libraries throughout city and county have organised a host of bilingual/Irish events and activities, which will take place online in the coming fortnight and all of which are free of charge.

A simple but fun Irish Crossword for Children will be shared on the Library Service website ( and on its social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instragram – during Seachtain na Gaeilge from the 1st-17th March.

Storytelling for Children – the Library staff have organised a diverse programme of storytelling events this year through the Library Facebook page (@WaterfordLibraries). Throughout Seachtain na Gaeilge Library staff will post videos of themselves reading from a selection of the gorgeous Irish language books that are available for children. In addition, Jacqui de Paor from the Waterford Childcare Committee will host some fun storytelling sessions online for pre-school children.

Storytelling for all ages – The Library Service is delighted to announce that the wonderful Niall de Búrca will be with us again this year, hosting a wild and wonderful storytelling session online, suitable for all ages, on Monday, 15th March at 11am on the Libraries Facebook page. Poet and artist Róisín Sheehy will give a Poetry Reading of her own poems on Friday, the 12th March @ 3pm and talented young local, Tiger Lily Keoghan will give a very interesting talk on the connection between Waterford and Newfoundland on Wednesday, 3rd March at 11.00am.

Information on the dates and times of all of these events can be found at and on the Facebook page WaterfordLibraries.

St. Patrick’s Day Short Story Competition – to celebrate a very different St. Patrick’s Day this year, Waterford Libraries would love to celebrate your imagination by running a short story competition. We are calling on 6 – 18 year olds to write a story, no more than 500 words, beginning with the line: “I will never forget what happened on St Patrick’s Day…”. Winning entries will be published in local newspapers and will feature on WLR FM. Full details of the competition are on  and all entries are to be emailed to not later than 5pm on Tuesday 9th March 2021.


Ciorcal na gCiorcal – Irish conversation groups in Waterford will have a chance to get together online for the ‘Ciorcal na gCiorcal’ event being organised by Glór na nGael in conjunction with Gael-taca in Cork on  Tuesday, 2nd March. If you would like to take part to practice your ‘cúpla focal’, you can register in advance with Cabríní de Barra, Glór na nGael at

Seal le Seanchaí – If you like storytelling and listening to a good yarn you will be most welcome to join us for Seal le Seanchaí, which takes place on Friday, 12 March on Zoom. This event is being organised by Glór na nGael, in co-operation with the Irish Office of Waterford City & County Council, and an evening of “caint agus craic”, chat and fun is promised! You must register in advance with Cabríní de Barra, Glór na nGael at

Bilingual Table Quiz – the usual Bilingual Table Quiz for staff organised by the Irish Office of Waterford City & County Council will take place online this year on Monday, 15th March and Ciorcail Chomhrá groups from city and county are also welcome to take part. This will be a fun table quiz, giving people a chance to use their ‘cúpla focal’ in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. You can register in advance by contacting the Irish Officer, Máire Seó Breathnach on

Be on the lookout for Scríbhneoir an Lae – Dámh Dhéiseach on the Facebook pages of Waterford City & County Council’s Irish Officer and Archivist during Seachtain na Gaeilge. There will be daily posts on some of the most famous Irish language writers that came from Waterford, giving an interesting insight into the rich Irish language heritage of the Déise, as presented on the Dámh Dhéiseach, Scríbhneoirí na nDéise interactive map on the Council’s website.


The Péacóg Arts Festival for young people will host an Open Mic and Guest Speaker event online on Friday, 12th March to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge. Further information is available on the Péacóg social media pages.


The Gaeltacht development organisation, Comhlucht Forbartha na nDéise is also organising events for Seachtain na Gaeilge through its Language Planning Officer and Family & Youth Facilitator. A Seanfhocal Competition, Storytelling Night for Children and A Celebration of Lá ‘le Pádraig #Déise will take place online and further information on these events and activities is available from the Áisitheoir Teaghlaigh & Óige, Éimhín Ní Chonchúir at and on social media #@Gaeltacht na nDéise.

We would like to thank all the individuals and groups for their co-operation and support in organising the programme of events and activities for this year’s Seachtain na Gaeilge Therefore, if you would like to practice your ‘cúpla focal’, or simply listen to our native language in use, please feel free to attend any of these free Seachtain na Gaeilge events. Bain sult as!


Further information: Máire Seosaimhín Breathnach, Irish Officer:  0761 10 2884 / (087) 7434123

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Bain triail aisti – Seachtain na Gaeilge sna Déise le Comhairle Cathrach agus Contae Phort Láirge

Tá Seachtain na Gaeilge á ceiliúradh i bPort Láirge arís i mbliana le go leor imeachtaí á n-eagrú ar líne, de bharr na paindéime.

Tá Oifigeach Gaeilge Phort Láirge ag obair i gcomhar le grúpaí éagsúla chun réimse leathan imeachtaí a chur le chéile agus beidh fáilte roimh dhaoine ó aon áit ar domhan ceangail isteach chun an Ghaeilge agus cultúr na Gaeilge a cheiliúradh le muintir na nDéise.

Seirbhísí Leabharlainne Phort Láirge
Beidh go leor imeachtaí Gaeilge agus dátheangacha á n-eagrú ag an bhfoireann os na leabharlanna éagsúla sa chathair agus sa chontae sa choicís amach romhainn agus iad ar fad saor in aisce.

Beidh Crosfhocal Gaeilge do Pháistí á roinnt ar shuíomh idirlíon na leabharlainne agus ar mheáin shóisialta na Leabharlanna le linn Sheachtain na Gaeilge ar fad (1-17 Márta).

Scéalaíocht & Filíocht do Pháistí – tá clár leathan scéalaíochta as Gaeilge á cur ar fáil i mbliana trí leathanach Facebook na Leabharlanna (@WaterfordLibraries). Foilseofar roinnt físeáin le foireann na leabharlainne féin ag léamh leabhair ón réimse leathan leabhair iontacha Gaeilge atá ar fáil do pháistí. Chomh maith leis sin, beidh Jacqui de Paor ó Choiste Cúram Leanaí Phort Láirge i mbun scéalaíochta agus amhránaíochta do pháistí réamhscolaíochta (0-3 bhliain).

Scéalaíocht do Dhaoine Fásta – Tá áthas ar an tSeirbhís Leabharlainne a fhógairt go mbeidh an seanchaí Niall de Búrca linn arís i mbliana do sheisiún scéalaíochta ar líne ar an Luan, 15 Márta ar a 11.00r.n. ar leathanach Facebook Leabharlanna Phort Láirge. Tá scéalta draíochtúla Niall oiriúnach go gach aois agus beidh fáilte roimh gach duine ceangail isteach chun éisteacht leis. Chomh maith leis sin, beidh Léamh Filíochta leis an bhfile agus ealaíontóir Róisín Sheehy á chraoladh ar an Aoine, 12 Márta ar a 3.00i.n. Tabharfaidh bean óg ildánach áitiúil, Tiger Lily Keoghan caint an-suimiúil dar teideal “Oiléan Go Oiléan: An Nasc Binn Idir Talamh An Éisc agus Éire” ar an gCéadaoin, 3 Márta ar a 11.00r.n.

Is féidir an t-eolas maidir le dátaí agus amanta na n-imeachtaí seo ar fad a fháil ar agus ar leathanach Facebook WaterfordLibraries.

Comórtas Scéalaíochta Lá Fhéile Pádraig – chun ceiliúradh a dhéanamh ar Lá Fhéile Pádraig ana-dhifriúil i mbliana ba bhreá le Leabharlanna Phort Láirge do shamhlaíocht a ghríosadh trí chomórtas gearrscéalta a reáchtáil. Táimid ag cur glaoch ar leanaí ó 6 – 18 mbliana d’aois scéal a scríobh ag tosú leis an line “Ní dhéanfaidh mé dearmad go deo ar an méid a tharla ar Lá Fhéile Pádraig…”. Foilseofar iontrálacha na mbuaiteoirí sna nuachtáin áitiúla agus beidh siad craolta ar WLR FM. Is féidir sonraí iomlána an chomórtais a fháil ag agus caithfear gach iontráil a sheoladh ar ríomhphost chuig roimh 5.00 i.n. ar 9 Márta 2021.


Ciorcal na gCiorcal – Beidh seans ag Ciorcail Chomhrá na nDéise teacht le chéile le grúpaí eile don ócáid “Ciorcal na gCiorcal”, atá á n-eagrú ag Glór na nGael i gcomhar le Gael-taca Chorcaí ar an Máirt, 2 Márta. Más suim leat a bheith páirteach, is gá clárú le Cabríní de Barra ó Ghlór na nGael ag roimh ré.

Seal le Seanchaí – Más spéis leat scéalaíocht agus éisteacht le seanchaithe, beidh fáilte romhat a bheith linn do Seal le Seanchaí, a bheidh ar siúl ar an Aoine, 12 Márta ar fhíschomhdháil Zoom. Tá an ócáid seo á n-eagrú ag Glór na nGael, i gcomhar le hOifig na Gaeilge, Comhairle Phort Láirge agus beidh caint, craic agus comhluadar iontach ann ar an oíche! Is gá clárú roimh ré le Cabríní de Barra ó Ghlór na nGael ag

Tráth na gCeist Dátheangach – beidh an gnáth-Thráth na gCeist, a bhíodh ar siúl d’fhoireann na Comhairle, á cur ar fáil ar líne i mbliana ar an Luan, 15 Márta agus fáilte roimh Chiorcail Chomhrá na nDéise a bheith páirteach chomh maith. Is gá clárú roimh ré leis an Oifigeach Gaeilge, Máire Seó Breathnach ar

Bígí ag faire amach chomh maith do Scríbhneoir an Lae – Dámh Dhéiseach ar leathanaigh Facebook Oifigeach Gaeilge Phort Láirge agus Waterford County Archivist gach lá le linn Seachtain na Gaeilge. Tabharfar blaiseadh d’oidhreacht shaibhir scríbhneoireachta na nDéise, mar atá sé ar fáil ar an suíomh Dámh Dhéiseach, Scríbhneoirí na nDéise ar shuíomh idirlíon Chomhairle Phort Láirge.


Féile Ealaíon Péacóg – Beidh Mic Oscailte agus Comhrá le hAoichainteoir á n-eagrú ag Coiste Péacóg ar an Aoine, 12 Márta. Féile ealaíne is ea é seo dírithe ar dhéagóirí agus daoine óga agus tá áthas orainn go bhfuil an ócáid seo á reáchtáil acu do Sheachtain na Gaeilge. An t-eolas ar fad ar fáil ar mheáin shóisialta Péacóg.


Beidh an tOifigeach Pleanála Teanga agus an tÁisitheoir Teaghlaigh & Óige de chuid Chomhlucht Forbartha na nDéise ag eagrú imeachtaí do pháistí na Gaeltachta le linn Seachtain na Gaeilge i mbliana. Beidh Comórtas Seanfhocail, Oíche Scéalaíochta do Pháistí agus Céilliúradh Lá ‘le Pádraig #Déise ar siúl agus is féidir an t-eolas ar fad faoi na himeachtaí seo a fháil ón Áisitheoir Teaghlaigh & Óige, Éimhín Ní Chonchúir ag agus ar mheáin shóisialta #@Gaeltacht na nDéise.

Gabhaimid buíochas le gach duine sna seirbhísí agus eagraíochtaí éagsúla as ucht a gcomhoibriú agus a gcuid tacaíochta chun an clár imeachtaí cuimsitheach seo a eagrú mar cheiliúradh ar Sheachtain na Gaeilge i mbliana. Mar sin, má tá suim agat freastal ar réimse imeachtaí trí Ghaeilge, nó do chúpla focal féin a chleachtadh, tá rud éigint duit le linn Seachtain na Gaeilge i mbliana. Bain sult as!


Tuilleadh eolais: Máire Seosaimhín Breathnach, Oifigeach Forbartha Gaeilge (087) 7434123

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Local Anti-Litter & Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant 2021

Are you part of a group that wants to help to put a stop to dog fouling in your community? Have you noticed litter along the roadsides and want to prevent it?

Waterford City and County Council invites submissions from community groups, youth groups, schools or other community development organisations, based in County Waterford, who are interested in receiving funding for initiatives regarding litter or graffiti.

The main focus for projects this year should be on dog fouling and roadside litter. Applications for projects under these themes will be prioritised for funding. Closing date for completed applications is 5pm 18th March 2021.

How to apply:

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Tá Comhairle Cathrach agus Contae Phort Láirge, mar chuid dá Clár Deich mBliana na gCuimhneachán, le tacaíocht ón Roinn Turasóireachta, Cultúir, Ealaíon, Gaeltachta, Spóirt agus Meán, ag tairiscint Deontas Pobail suas le €3,000.

De bharr na srianta reatha, tá sé níos deacra do ghrúpaí agus do dhaoine tionscadail a fhorbairt chun leas a bhaint as an deontas seo. Ar mhaithe le tacaíocht a thabhairt do ghrúpaí tionscadail a fhorbairt le cur ar fáil ar líne, táimid ag tairiscint ócáid oiliúna ar líne SAOR IN AISCE chun na roghanna a chíoradh agus chun treoir a chur ar fáil maidir le CONAS rudaí a dhéanamh do thionscadail ar líne. Tabharfar a thuilleadh eolais faoin deontas agus beidh deis ag an lucht freastail ceisteanna a chur agus smaointe a roinnt.

Dé Céadaoin 24 Mí Feabhra 7i.n.-9i.n.

7.i.n.                    FÁILTE: Michael Farrell, Cathaoirleach, Coiste Cuimhneachán Phort Láirge

7.05i.n.                 MAKING HERITAGE PROJECTS HAPPEN  William Whelan, Músaem Chontae Phort Láirge

7.20i.n.               AG CRUTHÚ TAISPEÁNTAIS AR LÍNE: THE DLR EXPERIENCE            David Gunning, Cartlannaí, Comhairle Contae Dhún Laoghaire – Rath an Dúin

7.35-7.45i.n.       SOS

7.45i.n.                 INTRODUCTION TO PODCASTING             Robert O’Connor, Roinn Ríomhaireachta & Mata, Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Phort Láirge

8i.n.                       USING ZOOM TO RECORD TALKS AND RESEARCH IN CONJUNCTION WITH SOCIAL MEDIA FOR PUBLICITY AND PROMOTION           Michael Fortune,  Béaloideasóir agus Ealaíontóir

8.15i.n.                 THE WATERFORD COMMEMORATIONS GRANT APPLICATION     Joanne Rothwell, Cartlannaí Chomhairle Cathrach agus Contae Phort Láirge



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Waterford Commemorations Grant: FREE Online Training Event

Waterford City and County Council as part of its Decade of Centenaries programme with the support of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media are offering a Community Grant of up to €3000.

Current restrictions can make it a little more difficult for groups and individuals to develop projects to avail of this grant. To support groups to develop projects that can be made available online we are offering a FREE Online training event to explore options and to provide guidance on HOW TO when it comes to online projects. Attendees will also be able to find out more about the grant and avail of the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas.

7pm                       WELCOME: Michael Farrell, Chair, Waterford Commemorations Committee

7.05pm                 MAKING HERITAGE PROJECTS HAPPEN  William Whelan, Waterford County Museum

7.20pm                 CREATING ONLINE EXHIBITIONS: THE DLR EXPERIENCE   David Gunning, Archivist, Dún-Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

7.35-7.45pm       COMFORT BREAK

7.45pm                 INTRODUCTION TO PODCASTING             Robert O’Connor, Department of Computing & Mathematics , WIT


8.15pm                 THE WATERFORD COMMEMORATIONS GRANT APPLICATION     Joanne Rothwell, Waterford City and County Archivist



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National Broadband Ireland (NBI) surveying in Waterford

Surveying and design works for the National Broadband Plan (NBP) rollout continues in Waterford from the 15th of February. National Broadband Ireland (NBI) are the company undertaking the fibre network roll-out to enable high speed internet connectivity for 544,000 premises across the country.

NBI would like the public to know that contractors will be on the ground in these counties, both inspecting and recording pictures of infrastructure such as poles, cables and underground ducts. The teams have been fully trained in physical distancing practices, hygiene, appropriate use of personal protective equipment and how to engage with the public in a safe manner if and when required.

In Waterford, the surveys will commence in the Comeragh MD Area.

The contracting company commencing this work will have vehicles and signage with both their own, and NBI logos. Employees will also wear hard hats and high visibility vests featuring the NBI logo. All contractors will also carry official ID cards & essential worker letters.

Please Note – there will be no excavation/build works being completed at survey stage.

The NBI customer call centre number is 0818 624 624 (local call rate) or email for any queries. For further information on the NBP see

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