Weather forecast increases the risk of cold water drownings

Warm air does not mean warm water

The 22°C warm weather forecast for the bank holiday weekend increases the risk of drownings as warmer air temperatures can tempt people to go swimming in waters that are still cold (10°C coastal, 8°C inland). Survival time is greatly reduced for someone immersed in cold water which drains body heat much faster than cold air.

The dangers of cold water immersion:

When cold water makes contact with your skin, the cold shock response causes an immediate loss of breathing control, possible dizziness and panic. This dramatically increases the risk of sudden drowning even if the water is calm and you know how to swim. For those who survive this but are unable to get out of the water, progressive body cooling leads to hypothermia and muscle cooling, making swimming more difficult or impossible. Children cool even faster than adults because they are smaller and have less fat.


What to do if you fall in to cold water:

Avoid swimming, stay calm and relax. Float or tread water and if possible get as much of your body out of the water because you will always cool faster in water than in air. Wearing a life-jacket with a crotch strap will enable you to lessen heat escape by keeping your legs together and elbows by your side.


The dangers of a full moon on Good Friday 19th April:

A full moon on Good Friday will cause spring tides. Strong rip currents will create a higher risk than usual for swimmers. The tidal streams will run very strong, posing a risk to those boating, angling, yachting, canoeing and any other water related leisure activities.

Stranding will also be a risk for many walkers as the lower tide will expose even greater areas of the coastline. Parents should be particularly alert to providing constant uninterrupted supervision as Lifeguards will not be on duty at local authority beaches over the Easter weekend.

Those going afloat should carry a portable Marine VHF and/or a personal locator beacon and walkers should carry a mobile phone to call 112 in an emergency.

If you have not used your life-jacket or buoyancy aid since last year then you will need to carry out the following checks:

• Ensure CO2 Cartridges have not been punctured and are firmly secured

• Ensure all zips, buckles, fasteners and webbing straps are functioning correctly

• Check that fitted lights are operating correctly

• Check that the valve or life-jacket is not leaking by inflating the life-jacket overnight or immersing it in water checking for air bubbles

• Always use your crotch strap when fitting your life-jacket

• Detailed information on PFD’s at  http://www.iws.ie/boating/personal-flotation-devices.327.html

• Discard any faulty life-jackets by destroying them

Media Enquiries to: Water Safety Ireland, The Long Walk, Galway

LoCall 1890-420.202

Website:  http://www.iws.ie

Tel: 091-564400

Fax: 091-564700

Mobile: John Leech: 087-6789600

Roger Sweeney 087-6789601

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Local Elections 2019 – Change of Polling Station locations

Some polling stations are changing location for the upcoming Local/EU Elections 2019, on May 24th 2019.  These will be outlined on your polling cards and appear here below for reference.

  • In the polling district of ‘Dungarvan Rural’, those previously voting at the Dungarvan Youth Centre will now vote at The Fusion Centre, Dungarvan.  The townlands affected are outlined below.
    • Booth 1 – Ballyduff beg; Ballyduff; Ballyduff More; Ballymacmague East; Ballymacmague North; Ballymacmague South; Ballymacmague West; Ballyneety; Gliddane More; Kiladangan; An Crompán – The Burgery; Ballinure; Ballycoe; Ballygagin (Crawford).
    • Booth 2 – Ballynamuck Middle; Ballynamuck West; Bawnabraher; Bawnatanovoher; Bawncarrigaun; Boherard; Boithrin na Mhullean; Burgery; Carrowncashlane; Cluain Garbhán Abbeyside; Cluain Alainn Abbeyside; Cluain na Gréine Abbeyside; Coolnagour; Curraheen Commons; Duckspool; Gorteen; Joulters Park; Kilossera; Knockateemore; Knockboy.
    • Booth 3 – Lacken; Lackenfune; Leacain Fionn Thoir; Lisfennel; Loughananna; Luskanargid; Mapstown; Middlequarter; Newtown; Ringcrehy; River Lane, Abbeyside; Skehanard (Humble); Sligaunagh; Springmeadow; Springmount; Touranore.
  • In the polling district of ‘Portlaw’, those previously voting in the Portlaw Community Hall will now vote at Portlaw National School.  The townlands affected are outlined below.
    • Booth 1 – Ballycahane, Ballyvallikin, Beallough, Beechwood Grove, Coolfin Gardens, Coolfin Grove, Coolfin Meadows, Coolfin New Houses, Coolfin, Coolfin Wood, Currahgataggart Clonea, Glen House, Guilcagh, Kilmovee, Knocknacrehy, Lahardan (Kilmeaden), Lahardan (Portlaw), Bridge Street.
    • Booth 2 – Brown Street, Carrick Road, Church Court, Church Road, Clashganny, Clashroe, Clonegam, Connolly Road, Coolroe, Cúirt and Chlochair Portlaw, Cúl Rua- Queen Street, Cúl Rua – Upper Brown Street, Curraghmore, George’s Street, Gort on Chlochair.
    • Booth 3 – Killowen, Knockane, Main Street, Market Square, Mayfield or Rocketts Castle, Mountbolton, Oakville – Church Road, Queen Street, Talbot Terrace, William Street, Woodlands – Ash Road, Woodlands – Beech Road, Woodlands – Oak Road, Woodlands – Pine Road, Woodlands – Elm Road.
  • In the polling district of ‘Newtown Kilmeaden’, those previously voting at the Kilmeaden Village Centre will now vote at Ballyduff National School.  The townlands affected are outlined below.
    • Booth 3 – Adamstown, Blacknock, Carrickadustra, Dooneen, Fán Glas, Kilmeaden,  Kilmeaden Village Centre, Lisnakill, Loughdaheen, Mountcongreve, Powersknock, Raheens, Whitfield North, Whitfield South Waterford.

More information is available on our Local / EU Elections website – www.waterfordcouncil.ie/elections

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Dog Pound Easter Opening Hours

Set out below are the Dog Pound opening hours over the Easter Holiday period.

Opening Hours FROM: Thursday, 18th April 2019 TO:  Monday, 22nd April 2019

THURSDAY 18th April 2019      OPEN 11am to 3pm

FRIDAY   19th April 2019           CLOSED ALL DAY

SATURDAY  20th April 2019     OPEN 11am to 1pm

SUNDAY   21st April 2019          CLOSED

MONDAY  22nd April 2019       CLOSED

The usual opening hours will apply from Tuesday 23rd April, as set out below ….

Monday to Friday    11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm
Saturday                    11am to 1pm



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Waterford City and County Council Community Enhancement Programme

The Community Enhancement Programme will fund projects that seek to enhance facilities and communities in disadvantaged areas.  This Programme will offer not-for-profit groups access to capital funding in order to kick-start, advance or complete their projects.  The Programme seeks to address some of the difficulties these groups face in terms of accessing small scale levels of funding to match their own fundraising efforts.

Tabhairfaidh an Chlár Feabhsú Pobail maoiniú do thionscadail a chuireann feabhas ar áiseanna agus pobail i gceantair faoi mhíbhuntáiste. Tabharfaidh an Clár seo rochtain ar mhaoiniú chaipitil do ghrúpaí neamhbhrabúsacha chun tús a chur le tionscadail, chun tionscadail a chur i gcrích nó a chur chun cinn. Tugann an Clár aghaidh ar chuid de na deacrachtaí a bhíonn ag na grúpaí seo teacht ar fhoinsí mhaoinithe bheaga chun cur lena n-iarrachtaí tiomsaithe airgid féin.

How to apply

All applicants must complete the application form which can be downloaded from this page on the Council website. Alternatively you can collect an application form at Waterford City & County Council Customer Service points at Bailey’s New Street or at the Civic Offices, Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan.

Once completed please submit your application by post to:

Colette O’ Brien
Community Enhancement Programme,
Waterford City & County Council,
Baileys New Street,



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CIVIC AMENITY SITE Dungarvan Opening Hours at Easter

FRIDAY    19th April 2019       8.30am to 1pm and 1.30pm to 3pm

SATURDAY    20th April 2019      9am to 12.30pm

SUNDAY         21st April 2019             CLOSED

MONDAY      22nd April 2019            CLOSED

TUESDAY       23rd April 2019  onwards –

Usual opening hours apply:

Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 1.00pm and 1.30pm to 4.00pm

Friday :                           8.30am to 1.00pm and 1.30pm to 3.00pm

Saturday:                      9.00am to 12.30pm

Sunday & Public (Bank) Holidays:  CLOSED

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CIVIC AMENITY SITE Kilbarry Opening Hours at Easter

FRIDAY           19th April 2019             11am to 4pm

SATURDAY    20th April 2019             CLOSED

SUNDAY         21st April 2019             CLOSED

MONDAY      22nd April 2019            CLOSED

TUESDAY       23rd April 2019 onwards –

Usual opening hours apply: Monday to Friday       11am to 4pm

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Temporary Road Closure – Waterford Truck and Motorshow

Waterford City and County Council hereby gives notice, in exercise of its powers pursuant to Section 75 of the Roads Act 1993, will close the following road to through traffic from 3rd to 5th May, 2019This is to facilitate the Waterford Truck and Motorshow.

Road to be Closed

  • Old Waterford Road from the R675 Tramore Racecourse Roundabout to the R685 Old Waterford Road Roundabout. (Local Access only to An Cairn/Gleann Doire and Seaview Housing Estates)

Diversion Route

  • Diversions via Glen Road (R685) / R682 & R675 (Waterford Road).
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Dr Éibhear Walshe to give talk in Medieval Museum

Will read from his new book and speak about the writing process

In this exciting new historical novel, Eibhear Walshe recounts Handel’s time in Dublin in 1742, retracing his golden youth in Rome, his sometimes shady role as emissary and spy for the Elector of Hanover, who in 1714 became George I of Great Britain and Ireland, and his doomed first love affair. With energy and insight, this novel leads up to the first performance of Handel’s most celebrated work of sacred music the Messiah.

Eibhear Walshe was born in Waterford, studied in Dublin, and now lives in Cork, where he lectures in the School of English at University College Cork and is Director of Creative Writing. He has published in the area of memoir, literary criticism and biography. His books include Kate O’Brien: A Writing Life (2006), Oscar’s Shadow: Wilde and Ireland (2012), and A Different Story: the Writings of Colm Tóibín (2013). His childhood memoir Cissie’s Abbatoir (2009) was broadcast on RTÉ’s ‘Book on One’.  His novel The Diary of Mary Travers (2014), was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Novel of the Year Award in 2015 and longlisted for the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award. He was associate editor of Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks (2016), shortlisted for the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards.

Wednesday 24th April 2019


Medieval Museum

€5 (to the Museum purchase and conservation fund)

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Temporary Closure of Archives

The Archives will be closed on Tuesday 16th April in the City and on 19th April in Dungarvan.

It will reopen on Tuesday 14th May in High Street in the City and on 17th May in Dungarvan.

Please contact the Archivist at archivist@waterfordcouncil.ie or 0761102144 with any queries.

Beidh an Chartlann  dúnta ar an Máirt 16 Aibreáin sa Chathair agus ar an 19 Aibreáin i nDún Garbhán. Beidh an Chartlann ar oscailt arís ar an Máirt 16 Mí Bealtaine agus ar an Aoine 17 Bealtaine i nDún Garbhán.

Gabh mo leithscéal as aon mhíchaoithiúlacht. Má tá aon cheisteanna, déan teagmháil leis an gCartlannaí ar archivist@waterfordcouncil.ie nó 0761102144.


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