Dungarvan Art Trail launched

Running from May through to September 2021, in various shop windows, the
Arts Centre and Library throughout the coastal town. Dungarvan Art Trail is
delighted to present The Vertigo Project by internationally acclaimed, locally
based, dye transfer printer and artist Jean Curran.

The Dungarvan Art Trail, conceived by Jean Curran, has been brought to life with
the generous support of Creative Ireland Waterford, the Arts Office, Waterford
City and County Council, as well as the input and openness of local business and
property owners.

The Dungarvan Art Trail initiative has created an opportunity for viewers to reappraise their connection with the space in which the art is displayed and aims
to deepen the level of engagement between the community, local business and
the artworks.

A series of 18 original handmade dye transfer prints by Irish artist Jean Curran – a
work of editing and re-presentation that takes key scenes from Alfred Hitchcock’s
Vertigo to reveal the artistry of the film in a fresh and novel way.

Produced with the full co-operation of the Hitchcock estate, Curran first edited select
frames from a rare original Technicolor dye imbibition print of Vertigo from 1958,
and then printed them using the same dye transfer process by which the movie was
made.

This experiential exhibition of dye transfer photographic prints in Dungarvan is
made up of scenes from Sir Alfred Hitchcock’s Technicolor masterpiece Vertigo. This
is the first showing of these prints in Ireland, they have previously been exhibited in
New York, Los Angeles, Paris and London. Through the work the artist is paying
homage to a golden era of film making and to Hitchcock, one of the greatest film
makers of all time.

Vertigo was first released on the 9th of May, 1958 and is now largely recognized as
Hitchcock’s greatest achievement. It tells the story of a police detective (Jimmy
Stewart) who falls obsessively in love with the woman he has been paid to follow
(Kim Novak). Failing to prevent Novak’s character from jumping to her death
because of his vertigo, Stewart spirals into an ever darker state of despair until a
chance sighting of a girl who resembles Novak reignites his passion and unravels
a complex web of deceit and crime.

The film’s underlying themes of voyeurism, eroticism and dark emotions are
portrayed delicately and with great intelligence through Hitchcock’s rigorously
composed shots while his use of color moves the story along into masterfully layered
compositions.

Recognized by film critics and connoisseurs for the remarkable care with which each
scene was composed, the single frames and set-ups of Vertigo reveal Hitchcock’s
aesthetic not just as cinematic but as photographic, prefiguring and influencing the
work of contemporary artists from Eggleston to Cindy Sherman.

Brought to new life in richly luminous prints Curran’s Vertigo project is a fitting
tribute to the film, the master craftsmanship that made it as well as an original work
of art in its own right.

About Jean Curran
Irish artist Jean Curran (b. 1981) is one of only a small handful of working dye
transfer printers in the world and the only artist to be using dye transfer printing
as the basis for her contemporary practice. She works from her family farm in
Kilmacthomas, County Waterford.

Curran’s work is rooted firmly in the history of early colour film and
photographic works. Her practice focuses on the re-contextualisation of early
colour films and of re-presenting them as still frame photographic images.
Her vibrant and rich prints invite the viewers into the spaces they’ve known as
moving images and without force maneuvers, the viewer deeper and further into
each selected scene.

The isolation of a specific aesthetic aspect of cinema also structures Curran’s
work, which is delivered through an aesthetic filter that both replicates and
celebrates earlier modes of colour and image creation.

The process by which Curran makes her prints is deeply laborious and the time,
technical knowledge, and attention that she bestows on each colour print recall a
painter or sculptors dedication to their art as expressed through the process of
construction.

In this way, Curran not only returns to earlier modes of image making but also
older ways of conceptualising artistic production itself that involves nurturing
the relationship between labor and reverence for a subject.

Curran’s transformation of movie frames gives us a chance to think about
photography, its technological transitions and myriad points of connection to
film, cinema history, and painting.

Curran is represented by; Danziger Gallery, New York & Michael Hoppen Gallery
London.  www.jeancurran.com

Quotes –
‘In recent times, people have been unable to go into galleries, indeed some people do not
visit galleries at all. The Dungarvan Art Trail places art central to our daily lives, as people
pass buildings which they often don’t give a second glance to. Having an artist of Jean
Curran’s ability to re-imaging spaces and to open conversations about creativity,
imagination and art is a great opportunity.’

Margaret Organ, Arts Officer, Waterford City & Council
“As one of only a handful of dye transfer printers in the world, and the only contemporary
artist using this almost obsolete craft as part of my practice, I am thrilled to have the
opportunity to show the works in my home county and local town”.

Jean Curran
Creative Waterford is delighted to sponsor this fantastic project as part of our Creative
Communities initiative. The collaboration between Jean Curran, the local authority and the business community brings vibrancy and life to the town of Dungarvan and helps us
consider how intrinsic creativity is in our lives, and how the arts can be accessed by the
public in different ways. – Katherine Collins, Creative Waterford Coordinator

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Waterford Dog Shelter – Restricted Opening hours

Please note that Waterford City and County Council Dog Pound, Bilberry, Waterford will operate restricted opening hours on Monday, 10th May, 2021.  

For enquiries and access to the Pound please 

telephone 0761 10 20 20 or e-mail contact@waterfordcouncil.ie

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Minister O’Brien welcomes Cabinet approval for the publication of Affordable Housing Bill 2021

The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, has welcomed Cabinet approval for the publication of the Affordable Housing Bill 2021.

The Bill will be the first comprehensive standalone legislation dedicated to the provision of affordable housing in history of the State. Key elements of the Bill include:

  • The first scheme of direct state built affordable homes in over a decade
  • The first ever national scheme to provide for the delivery of Cost Rental housing
  • A new Affordable Purchase Shared Equity scheme for homes in private developments
  • Provision for the extension of Part V to a set 20% in every Local Authority area with a 10% minimum requirement for social homes and a further 10% requirement for affordable homes where required

Commenting Minister O’Brien said, “This Bill is delivering on the Programme for Government commitment to put affordability at the heart of the housing system and to prioritise the increased supply of affordable homes.

“For the first time in over a decade we will be empowering local authorities to deliver affordable homes for purchase on their own lands, meaning that middle income earners can be supported to own their own home.

“The Bill will also provide a statutory legislative basis for our first ever national Cost Rental scheme, whereby tenants pay rent that covers the costs of delivering, managing, and maintaining the homes only – the first homes will be delivered this year at a minimum of 25% below market value. The development of a Cost Rental sector will achieve what has been a long standing public policy goal and will deliver on the recommendations made in National Economic and Social Council (NESC) reports.

The new Affordable Purchase Shared Equity scheme will involve the State supporting hard pressed first time buyers to purchase homes in private developments. This will take the form of an equity stake of up to 20% in new build homes. Eligible homes will be subject to regional price caps. The scheme will ensure that people paying high rents can instead use their hard earned income to pay down a mortgage and own their own home much sooner. Controls will be in place to prevent any inflationary effect.

“Finally, the Bill provides for an extension of Part V to a set 20% in every Local Authority area, with a 10% minimum requirement for social homes and up to a further 10% requirement for affordable homes where required, or where not so required, the additional percentage may be used towards social housing,” he concluded.

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Waterford Libraries Reopening 10th May 2021

Waterford Libraries are delighted to be reopening from May 10th for browsing and borrowing on a phased basis in line with the Government’s COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery 2021 plan.

Our branches will be open at the following times:

  • Ardkeen Library : 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
  • Browns Road Library : 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm Fridays
  • Cappoquin Library : 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm Wednesdays
  • Carrickphierish Library : 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm Tuesday, Wednesday 1pm – 4pm, 5pm – 8pm Thursdays
  • Central Library, Lady Lane : 1pm – 4pm, 5pm – 8pm Wednesdays, 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm Thursday, Friday
  • Dungarvan Library : 1pm – 4pm, 5pm – 8pm Thursdays, 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm Friday, Saturday
  • Kilmacthomas Library : 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm Wednesday
  • Lismore Library : 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm Monday, Tuesday
  • Portlaw Library : 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm Fridays
  • Tramore Library : 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Keeping Our Libraries Safe

  • We ask you to limit your visit to 20 minutes to ensure safety for everyone.
  • You must wear a mask or face covering to visit our library branches.
  • Please use self-service kiosks for returning or checking out your library items – our library staff will be on hand to help you!
  • Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied.
  • Library staff are available by phone or email to support you in planning your visit or using our eBooks and other online services.
  • Public PCs and Internet access are not available for use at this time

Thank you for continuing to support your public library service, we are looking forward to welcoming you back.  See www.waterfordlibraries.ie for more.

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Tellus Survey aircraft to begin flying over the south east of Ireland

Conducted by the Geological Survey Ireland (GSI), the Tellus survey collects geochemical and geophysical data on rocks, soil and water across Ireland.

To collect this data, the latest phase of the survey will involve a low-flying aircraft flying from August 2020 until the end of the year (weather permitting) over Counties Laois, Kilkenny, Tipperary and Waterford, and neighbouring parts of Kildare, Carlow, Offaly and Cork. For up to date information and the planned weekly flight schedule, please visit www.tellus.ie

The aircraft will fly at a low level of 60 metres over rural areas (approximately eight times the height of a standard two storey house), rising to 240 metres over urban areas. The sound of the plane is similar to that of a passing lorry and it may startle sensitive livestock, such as horses, pedigree cattle, sheep-in-lamb and poultry flocks. The speed of the aircraft is about 216 km/h or 130 mph.

As it is vital to raise public awareness of the project, particularly amongst farmers and animal owners, the Tellus team is delivering an ongoing communications campaign across the region to ensure all stakeholders are informed. If you have any  concerns about the survey, particularly if you own sensitive livestock and you would like to be kept informed of latest flight plans in your area,  you can contact the Tellus Freephone information line on 1800 45 55 65 or visit www.tellus.ie.

You can also follow Tellus on twitter, @TellusGSI

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Online vaccine registration open from Tuesday 4 May for people aged between 50 and 59

From today, Tuesday 4 May, people aged between 50 and 59 can register for their COVID-19 vaccine online.

To avoid delays when we open registrations this week, we are asking people to register on different days depending on their age:

Registration dates and age groups

·       Tuesday, 4 May, people aged 59 should register

·       Wednesday, 5 May – people aged 58 should register

·       Thursday, 6 May – people aged 57 should register

·       Friday, 7 May – people aged 56 should register

·       Saturday, 8 May – people aged 55 should register

·       Sunday, 9 May – people aged 54 should register

·       Monday, 10 May – people aged 53 should register

·       Tuesday, 11 May – people aged 52 should register

·       Wednesday,12 May – people aged 51 should register

·       Thursday, 13 May – people aged 50 should register

Online registration – information for patients and service users

People in this age group who are registering online will need their Personal Public Service Number (PPSN), their Eircode, an email address or a mobile phone number.

A friend or family member can help If someone is finding it difficult to go online and register or they can ring HSELive for support on 1850 241850 or 01 240 8787 from 8am to 8pm, 7 days.

Once registered the person will receive their vaccine appointment for the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine.

Frontline healthcare worker vaccines
COVID-19 vaccines are still available to all frontline healthcare workers who have not yet been vaccinated, regardless of your age.
Get information on how to get your vaccine here.

Need information and advice on COVID-19? Go to www.hse.ie/coronavirus

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Newtown Cove water quality

Following reports of a brown scum on the water, WCCC sampled at Newtown Cove on the evening of Sunday May 2nd.

Bacteriological water quality was very satisfactory, with low levels of bacteria.

Newtown Cove will continue to be monitored regularly throughout the summer season.

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There’s no holiday from Covid – a “Stay Safe” message from the HSE, Gardai and Local Authorities in the South East

This May Bank Holiday weekend, people across the South East are being urged to protect the progress made in reducing incidence of Covid-19.

The HSE has joined with the Gardai and the Local Authorities in Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford in thanking the general public for their efforts to date but also in reminding everyone that individual actions do matter – including adherence to all of the current public health measures to protect against Covid-19.

People across the South East are being encouraged to:

·       Practice the “basics”, to prevent the spread of infection

·       While the numbers of people vaccinated are increasing, remember that many people are still vulnerable to severe infection.

·       It is also vital that people isolate at home and contact their GP immediately if they have any symptoms suggestive of Covid-19. A test is free and can be arranged very quickly.

Whereas restrictions are subject to change from 10th of May next, the HSE, the Gardai, and the Local Authorities in Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford are urging people not to let their guard down this May Bank Holiday weekend and to remember “the basics”:

·       Keep your contacts with other people at a minimum and keep them outdoors.

·       Wear a mask.

·       Keep your distance.

·       Wash your hands.

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See https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/

 

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Waterford Dog Shelter – Restricted Opening Hours

FROM Thursday, 29th April 2021
TO: Saturday, 1st May 2021

Restricted opening hours will apply

 

  • SATURDAY 1st May 2021 CLOSED

For enquiries and access to the Pound please telephone 0761 10 20 20 or e-mail contact@waterfordcouncil.ie

  • TUESDAY 4th May onwards – Usual opening hours apply

 

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