Let Dandelions Bee!

Let Dandelions Bee!

A campaign to let dandelions bloom for a short few weeks to help feed bees this Spring. They are our wild bees’ most favourite food. Help halt the bee decline by simply leaving dandelions to grow in your garden this March and April. The best way to help our bees this year is to do nothing! For more information, see www.letdandelionsbee.ie or https://pollinators.ie/resources

The competition is to take a photo of dandelions in bloom and send it to letdandelionsbee@gmail.com, like and share this post. Closing date: 5pm 30th April 2021. Prize: the winner can choose either a €100 Dungarvan Chamber gift voucher or €100 Waterford Chamber gift voucher.

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Join us for a lunchtime poetry reading for International Women’s Day

The Arts Office, Waterford City and County Council in association with the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore is pleased to present a free online lunchtime Poetry reading on Monday 8th March at 1pm to celebrate International Woman’s Day.

Bring your lunch and a cuppa and join us. Bígí Linn.

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Applications are now invited for the 2021 Community Heritage Grant Scheme

The Community Heritage Grant Scheme is now OPEN for applications. The Scheme closing date is Monday 29th March 2021 at 5pm.

The Heritage Council has allocated in the region of €1,000,000 to its Community Grant Scheme 2021.

The aim of this scheme is to support capital projects that improve access and inclusion to heritage sites; that apply good heritage practice to the management of places, collections, or objects (including buildings). The scheme also supports the purchase of essential equipment. This scheme is intended to enable communities and heritage non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to continue their work in this area or to start new initiatives.

Project Timeframe

Projects that begin after the grant offer date in early May, and are completed by 8th October 2021 can be considered for funding under this scheme.

Who can apply?

• The scheme is open to:
• voluntary and community groups
• heritage-related non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
• not-for-profit heritage organisations
• Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI) participants
• Adopt a Monument Programme participants

Applications from other organisations, private companies or individuals will not be considered.

How to apply

Submit your application via The Heritage Council’s Online Grants System by Monday 29th March 2021 at 5pm. Applications or supporting documents cannot be submitted after this time

Full details on the website https://www.heritagecouncil.ie/funding/community-heritage-grant-scheme-2021

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Music Saturdays with Waterford Libraries and Music Generation Waterford

FREE 4-Week Course starting 6th March

Music Generation Waterford and Waterford Libraries (supported by the government’s Keep Well campaign) are running a series of free 4 week courses starting Saturday 6th of March at 11am. Suitable for children ages 1 – 12 years. Booking is essential and your child must be free to attend all four sessions (March 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th)

‘Music in Me’ Sing, Dance, Play & Be Free
Time: 11am – 11.30am , 4week course starts Saturday 6th March, 11am
Suitable for children ages 1 – 4 years.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/music-in-me-sing-dance-play-be-free-tickets-143641524667

‘Chaos & Calm’ Move your body & Calm your mind
Time: 11:30am – 12pm, 4week course starts Saturday 6th March, 11am
Suitable for children ages 5 – 7 years.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/chaos-calm-move-your-body-calm-your-mind-tickets-143642487547

‘Rhythm & Beats’ Samba ya Bamba to the Beat!
Time: 11:45am – 12:30pm, 4week course starts Saturday 6th March, 11:45am
Suitable for children ages 8 – 12 years.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/rhythm-beats-samba-ya-bamba-to-the-beat-tickets-143643033179

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Local Waste Prevention Grant 2021

Are you part of a group that wants to help to take steps on waste prevention, re-use and repair activities in your local area?

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 waste prevention, reuse and repair.

The main focus for projects this year should be on food waste prevention, composting and projects to promote a circular economy e.g. reduce use of single use items (encourage use of reusable items). Applications for projects under these themes will be prioritised for funding. Closing date for completed applications is 5pm 25th March 2021.

The application form and Terms & Conditions for this grant are available below.

How to apply:

  • The application form for this grant is available from the http://bit.ly/WastePreventionGrant2021 or by phoning 0761 10 20 20.
  • Terms & Conditions
  • The grant application form should be completed and returned to the Environment Section for consideration by the closing date 25th March 2021.
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Irish public pledges to read for 500,000 minutes on Ireland Reads Day – Thursday 25th February

Thousands of people have pledged to ‘squeeze in a read’ for Ireland Reads Day, February 25th. So far, almost 500,000 minutes of reading have been pledged for the national reading day, organised by libraries nationwide as part of the Keep Well campaign.

The Ireland Reads campaign encourages everyone to get stuck into a book and read for pleasure and wellbeing during Covid-19.

A new website www.irelandreads.ie has been set up where people can pledge to read and get a book recommendation suited to their interests and the time they have available. There are more than 800 recommendations from librarians all around the country. A website user can simply enter their favourite type of book and how long they would like to read each day and the website will offer the perfect book suggestion and work out how long it will take to complete – a couch to 5k for books!

Campaign partners and libraries all over the country have been running ‘Ireland Reads’ initiatives and events throughout February in the build up to the day.

Speaking ahead of Ireland Reads Day, broadcaster and Ireland Reads ambassador Rick O’Shea said: “Ireland Reads Day is a brilliant opportunity for people of all ages to take some time for themselves, discover or re-discover the benefits of reading, and to shout about what they love to read! I think that, more than most other years, 2020 and now 2021 are the years we need reading in our lives most because reading can help us imagine that other worlds are possible and better days are ahead. I am thrilled to support Ireland Reads and I hope it kickstarts a year of reading for people right across the country.”

Rick is among a number of well-known campaign ambassadors from the worlds of writing, science, sport, health and broadcasting who are on board to help promote the campaign, and you can find out what reading means to them and why they support the campaign at www.irelandreads.ie.

While libraries are not currently open for browsing or borrowing due to Covid restrictions, library members can use the library Borrowbox service online and choose from more than 44,000 eBooks and 33,000 eAudiobooks.

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FREE Sustainable Gardening Course

We are offering a FREE Sustainable Gardening Course online to all Tidy Towns members and community groups in Waterford.  This course is run by Horticulturist Aoife Munn.  It is a 5-week course @10am on Fridays 19th March – 16th April. Topics covered include reducing your waste, growing your own vegetables, planting for pollinators, alternative to chemicals and much, much more.

To request a place please register your interest at the link below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/waterford-sustainable-gardening-course-registration-142912401841

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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 morgan@waterfordcouncil.ie 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 www.ndls.ie.”

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 www.ndls.ie. 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 www.mywelfare.ie and about a verified MyGovID account at www.mygovid.ie.

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


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