Waterford City and County Council announced as successful applicant to Fáilte Ireland’s Urban Animation Capital Investment Scheme

Under Fáilte Ireland’s Urban Animations Capital Investment Scheme, Waterford City and County Council has been awarded €539,275 to support sustainable tourism development through public realm and urban animation projects.

The successful project application ‘City of Light’ is set to transform and re-imagine Waterford’s urban centre for visitors and communities.

The application identified a collection of 21 different locations across the city centre, where a new night time trail will be developed to establish Waterford as an iconic ‘City of Light’.  The trail will connect four different zones of Waterford City centre; Waterford Viking Triangle, Waterford Cultural Quarter, the retail spine and the Apple Market which is the core area for the evening and night time economy.

According to Lisa Grant, Economic Development, Waterford City and County Council, Waterford offers a broad range of day time visitor attractions, however the proposal to create a night time attraction was particularly well received.

“The light trail not only creates an opportunity to develop new night time tours but also creates opportunities for visitors to self navigate and explore the city at night.   Given that the lighting will have the greatest impact in the off-peak winter season, this project will spread tourism throughout the year in the off-peak and shoulder seasons, so the benefit will be felt throughout the year.”

Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Kelly was delighted with the capital funding granted for the project which will further enhance Waterford’s tourism offerings.  “Waterford has such a rich and proud history.  The ‘City of Light’ will quite literally put the spotlight on the structures that make up the trail, those that represent different periods of Waterford’s history, from the arrival of the Vikings in 914 right through to the modern era of 20th-century architecture.”

“While the majority of the locations included on the light trail are attractions in their own right, the addition of creative and architectural lighting, will help to increase awareness of these attractions and potentially increase the number of day time visitors too.”

Each of the 21 locations included on this new trail has a story to tell about Waterford’s history and commercial heritage.  Through the further development of digital trail being advanced under the Fáilte Ireland Destinations Towns project, QR codes at each of the locations will lead to more insight and animation of the story of the building, thus strengthening the connections between people and the placed they share.

The 21 locations identified to make up the City of Light trail are:

  • Beach Tower, Jenkins Lane
  • Bishops Palace
  • Blackfriars, Conduit Lane
  • Central Library, Lady Lane
  • City Hall, The Mall
  • Double Tower, Castle Street
  • French Church, Greyfriars
  • French Tower, Browne’s Lane
  • Menapia / Waterford Crystal, The Mall
  • Museum of Silver, Cathedral Square
  • Museum of Time, Greyfriars
  • Old Munster Express Building, Hanover Street / The Quay
  • Presbytery, George’s Street
  • Reginald’s Tower
  • St. Martin’s Gate, Spring Garden Alley
  • The Granary, Hanover Street
  • Walls at the Manor / Castle Street / Browne’s Lane
  • Watchtower, Railway Square
  • Waterford Gallery of Art, O’Connell Street
  • WCQ Art House, 7/8 Thomas Street
  • WVW Plaza, The Quays

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Great Calligraphy Festival Celebrating the Art of Writing in Waterford

During lockdown the Waterford Great Parchment Book (1356-1649) was chosen for inclusion in the prestigious Irish Script on Screen project and now all 450 pages are available worldwide on www.isos.dias.ie.

To celebrate Waterford Treasures wanted to have a Great Calligraphy Festival, Celebrating the Art of Writing in Waterford.  Thanks to funding from Creative Ireland/ Waterford this has come to fruition and Waterford Treasures will also put a ‘Turning the Page’ interactive into the gallery where the Book is displayed, with translations, thanks to the late Dr Niall Byrne and his family.

The Great Calligraphy Festival, Celebrating the Art of Writing in Waterford will be both online and in-person.  Videos, tutorials and inspirational pieces by the world famous calligrapher Denis Brown are available on Waterford Treasures YouTube channel and other social media.  Exploring the Great Parchment Book and teaching about writing and book production,  Denis will also teach Gothic script, the one used in the Parchment Book and a small number of people will participate in an in-person workshop on 23rd September.

Rosemary Ryan of Waterford Treasures commented, ‘The Waterford Great Parchment Book is a unique source for how a great medieval city operated in the Middle Ages.  Thanks to funding by Creative Ireland/Waterford we can now explore its content and actual production. Who actually were the guys who did the writing?  Since they couldn’t buy online or in the stationery shop how did they get their ink and quills and vellum?  The Book is now online thanks to the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies and our Festival will celebrate the Art of Writing in Waterford.  Please join us!’

The Great Parchment Book is a Waterford Council record and covers 300 years in Waterford’s story 1356-1649, ending abruptly with Oliver Cromwell at the gates.  It is written in Latin, French and English and is the earliest use of English for city records in Ireland.  From it we learn lots of vivid detail of life in medieval Waterford, for example that plague killed 2,256 people in the year September 1603 to September 1604.  August was a particularly bad month with 116 deaths weekly.   The city officials realised that the disease was being spread by soldiers of the garrison, who were raiding the houses of the dead at night to steal their clothes and goods. The successful measures enacted to stop this pilfering make fascinating reading.

Rosemary added, ‘We would love the whole of Waterford to be writing together…students, schools, Friends of the Museum, graphic companies, would-be calligraphers everywhere, to celebrate the Art of Writing in Waterford.  Any self-respecting Goth needs to be able to write in Gothic script!  Sharpen up your quills, make your ink, purchase your parchment, and make your mark!  Learning to write is an amazing achievement!  We may not write as much as we used to but we are still very influenced by scripts, fonts, and typefaces.  Before Gutenberg’s printing press in Europe about AD1450 they had to handwrite every document and book.  Printing changed the world!’

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Positive Ageing Week – events for all


Monday 27th September, 10:30 am

Walk and talk with tutors with tea/coffee Waterford Sports Partnership Cappoquin GAA club Book here Positive Ageing Week – Walk & Talk Cappoquin Tickets, Mon 27 Sep 2021 at 10:30 | Eventbrite

Monday 27th September, 12 Noon

Holistic Approach to wellness – Looking at and identifying all the components of your well being.

Millennium Park, Lismore – No booking required. Tel 089 491 7360

Tuesday 28th September, 10:30 am

Walk and talk with tutors with tea/coffee Waterford Sports Partnership Walton Park, Dungarvan X35 XT38 Book here Positive Ageing Week – Walk and Talk Dungarvan Tickets, Tue 28 Sep 2021 at 10:30 | Eventbrite

Tuesday 28th September, 1pm

Tennis – 1 hour taster session delivered by professional coach
Lismore Tennis Club P51 TX38

Positive Ageing Week – Try Tennis Tickets, Tue 28 Sep 2021 at 13:00 | Eventbrite

Tuesday 28th September, 3 pm

Talk on the Power of Attorney by Eamon Quinlan, Law Graduate https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87487961839?pwd=Vi9BeEthbGZJd1RQT1g3OFFqT1A2QT09

Meeting ID: 874 8796 1839
Passcode: 363430

Tuesday 28th September, 3pm

Guided Tour to the Heritage of Portlaw, Portlaw Heritage Centre

Waterford Sports Partnership Positive Ageing Week – Guided Tour of Portlaw Heritage Tickets, Tue 28 Sep 2021 at 15:00 | Eventbrite

Wednesday 29th September, 10:30 am

Stradbally Village – Walk and talk with tutors with tea/coffee Waterford Sports Partnership
Book here Positive Ageing Week – Walk & Talk Stradbally Tickets, Wed 29 Sep 2021 at 10:30 | Eventbrite

Wednesday 29th September, 11am

Indoor virtual tour of Lismore Castle
Lismore Heritage Centre P51 TP26 Waterford Sports Partnership Positive Ageing Week – Lismore Town guided tour Tickets, Wed 29 Sep 2021 at 11:00 | Eventbrite

Wednesday 29th September, 2pm

Walk around Lismore with a guide
Lismore Heritage Centre P51 TP26 Positive Ageing Week – Lismore Town guided tour Tickets, Wed 29 Sep 2021 at 14:00 | Eventbrite

Wednesday 29th September, 3pm

Mindfulness Journaling – virtual event
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81591815964?pwd=cGdocVBBME1iMkNKT3RhOGM4Q0JOdz09

Meeting ID: 815 9181 5964
Passcode: 509419

Thursday 30th September, 10am
Tea and a talk by Julian Walton at Dunhill Education Centre followed by a Guided Walk in the Ann Valley, Dunhill Multi Education Centre X91 FVF9

Phone 051 396 934 to book

Thursday 30th September, 2pm

Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Garden Guided Tour, Tramore X91 DE48

Positive Ageing Week – Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Garden Guided Tour Tickets, Wed 29 Sep 2021 at 15:00 | Eventbrite

Thursday 30th September, 10:30am

Walk and talk with tutors with tea/coffee Waterford Sports Partnership

Waterford Nature Park Waterford Sports Partnership Positive Ageing Week – Walk & Talk Waterford Tickets, Thu 30 Sep 2021 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

Thursday 30th September, 12:15pm

Holistic Approach to Wellness – Looking at and identifying all the components of your well being.  Bandstand Waterford People’s Park.

No Booking required Tel 089 491 7360

Thursday 30th September, 4:15 pm

Virtual Concert by the fire – Music, song & spoken word Email jloughran@waterfordcouncil.ie for link

Thursday 30th September, 3pm

Over 50 Thinking of Setting up your own Business? Get your questions answered by David Walsh, Business Advisor, Waterford Local Enterprise Office.

Join Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71164566820?pwd=QlBvSHJRM0gxaGk0dHdPSjdjME9hZz09

Meeting ID: 711 6456 6820
Passcode: 9XUiGM

Friday 1st October, 10am

Come and Try a Bowling Taster Session – Dungarvan Causeway Bowls Club X35 XT38 Positive Ageing Week – Try Lawn Bowling Tickets, Fri 1 Oct 2021 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

Friday 1st October, 2pm

Afternoon of Nostalgia A Documentary Film about St John’s Park, Waterford’s first major Housing estate. Plus Presentation by Waterford Social Prescribing Service

Butler Community Centre X91 FEP4

Book tickets through Sacred Heart FRC 051 306 728

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Kilbarry Nature Park – Disruption

Due to the requirement to install new monitoring wells associated with the historic landfill in Kilbarry, Waterford City and County Council will have contractors on site for the next 3 weeks approximately commencing Wednesday September 22nd.

During this time sections of the Waterford Nature Park will be closed and it may not be possible to complete the lower loop around the park while these works are ongoing.

Waterford City and County Council wish to apologise to the public for any inconvenience during these works.

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Boil Water Notice issued for Lismore Deerpark Public Water Supply with immediate effect to protect the health of customers

Following consultation with the Health Service Executive, Irish Water and Waterford City and County Council are issuing a Boil Water Notice with immediate effect to protect the health of consumers supplied by the Lismore Deerpark Public Water Supply.

The Boil Water Notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at the treatment plant, and the notice affects all of the 1,671 people supplied by the Lismore Deerpark Public Water Supply area.

Affected areas


Experts from Irish Water and Waterford City and County Council are working to assess the situation currently, investigating the issues at the treatment plant with a view to implementing solutions to lift the notice as quickly and as safely as possible. In the meantime, all customers on this supply are advised to boil their water before use until further notice.

Speaking about the Boil Water Notice, Irish Water Drinking Water Compliance Specialist, Pat Duggan said;

“Public health is our main priority, and after consulting with the HSE, a Boil Water Notice has been put in place on the Lismore Deerpark supply. We are working closely with our partners in Waterford City and County Council to address the issues and hope to lift the notice as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Vulnerable customers will be contacted and customers who have any other concerns can contact our customer care team on 1800 278 278. Updates will be available on our Water Supply Updates section on water.ie, on Twitter @IWCare. Further information in relation to the boil water notice is available from https://www.water.ie/water-supply/water-quality/boil-water-notice/

Irish Water continues to work currently with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. Irish Water would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing.

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Winner of  the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2021 announced

The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council is pleased to announce that the winner of the national Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2021 is Patrick Holloway, Carrigaline, Co. Cork.

Patrick is a writer of stories and poems. He was the winner of Headstuff’s Poem of the year and Caring for Carers Poetry Contest. He took second place in the Raymond Carver Contest, the Irish Times Travel Writing Award, and the RTE/Penguin Short Story Competition. He has been placed and shortlisted for the Allingham Fiction Contest, Allingham Poetry Contest, Bath Short Story Prize, Moth Short Story Prize, Dermot Healy Poetry Prize, The Bridport Prize. He was a finalist for the prestigious Alpine Writing Fellowship and was Highly Commended for the Manchester Fiction Prize. His writing has appeared in Carve, Irish Times, The Stinging Fly, Poetry Ireland Review, The Illanot Review, The Moth, Overland, The Lonely Crowd, Southword, among others.

His story ‘The Paradox of Remembering ’ is the twenty-fourth winner of the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award run by Waterford City & County Council’s Arts Office with support from the Arts Council and by kind permission of the Keane family with an award of €500.

You can view a reading of the winning story online Waterford In Your Pocket on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/WaterfordIYP or YouTube which was broadcast live as part of Culture Day/Night celebrations at 1.30 pm on Friday 17th September.

Margaret Organ, Arts Officer thanked all the entrants and judges for their work. She said that the feedback from the adjudicators was that the standard of stories was particularly high this year. The next significant literature event in Waterford’s calendar is the Waterford Writers Weekend from October 21st to 24th 2021.

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New fund to enhance streetscapes and shopfronts in four rural towns and villages

The Department of Rural and Community Development announced a new once-off fund – Streetscape Enhancement Initiative.  Waterford Council will be working with the local community groups in the four selected towns to maximise value for community benefit.

Waterford City & County Council is delighted to announce we will be working with:

  • Lismore Tidy Towns
  • Passage East & Crook Community Development Association
  • Portlaw Tidy Towns and
  • Bunmahon Tidy Towns

to progress the above scheme for their town & village centres.

See below the original announcement of the scheme.



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National Transport Authority Launch Consultation For Waterford City Bike Locations

The new service will see 14 stations delivered across the city over the coming months.

The National Transport Authority and Waterford City and County Council have begun a two-week consultation process around locations for stations for the bike share scheme in Waterford City.  The scheme will incorporate 14 locations across the city and will become operational later this year.

The consultation will last from today (Thursday, September 16th) to Thursday, September 30th and members of the public can make their submissions at www.nationaltransport.ie/public-consultations.

The city bikes scheme has already been successfully launched in Cork, Galway and Limerick and the NTA hope the Waterford scheme will be just as successful. A similar scheme, supported by NTA was established by Dublin City Council in 2009.

Market research undertaken by the organisation have identified key improvements for the regional city bikes such as a new baskets, which were overwhelmingly requested as a priority by members of the public. Newly improved mudguards which offer more robust protection than the current fleet, and the rear lighting system will also be improved to cater for increased night usage of the service.

Fergus Galvin, Director of  Services – Roads, Water & Environment – Waterford City and County Council welcomed the initiative.  “As part of Waterford’s aim to become carbon neutral by 2040, the introduction of the bike share scheme will greatly alter our mindset of over reliability on cars, which account for 35% of total emissions. Coupled with this, the bike share scheme will provide a low-cost, healthy and readily available mode of transport throughout the city.”

Further information

TFI Bikes are a self-service bike rental service open to all from 14-years old. Stations are conveniently located through each city making it easy to get around on a TFI Bike, whether it is commuting to work & meetings or some sight-seeing at your leisure.

TFI Bikes consists of stations with a terminal and stands for the bikes. The bikes are locked into the stands, when a bike is hired it is released by the system. On return, the bike is locked back into a stand at any station, and the hire is then completed.

An Annual Subscription is the easiest way to use TFI Bikes in the city – just present your card and enjoy the benefits, all year round, for just €10/year. The first 30-minutes of each hire is at no charge, for longer hires a service charge applies. The fund will be administered for the Department of Transport by the National Transport Authority.

Among the changes to the bikes are:

  • New Mudguard designs
  • New handlebar and basket designs
  • A new bike lock
  • A new chain guard
  • New Wheel rims
  • Updated bike lights
  • A new bike frame

Find out more about the consultation to the scheme here.

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Interpretation Plan for Waterford Medieval City Walls commissioned

Waterford City and County Council has commissioned an Interpretation Plan for the Waterford Medieval City Walls and is inviting input from members of the public.

Pictured are Cllr. Seanie Power Deputy Mayor, James Hennessey of Paul Hogart & Co, Rose Ryall Conservation officer and Eamonn McEneany is Waterford’s city historian and the Director of the Waterford Treasures Museum. Pictures: Patrick Browne

The Medieval City Walls and Towers form a prominent landmark that influence the character of Waterford, while also providing a tangible link to the story of Ireland’s first city. However, at present there is very little interpretation of the Walls and Towers, their significance and the stories associated with them.

The Interpretation Plan has been made possible with funding from The Heritage Council and its preparation will take place over the months of September and October.  It will involve a review of existing interpretation followed by the development of strategies and themes to imaginatively communicate the importance of the medieval walls with the public, both locals and visitors alike.

Welcoming the plan, Deputy Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Seanie Power said, “The medieval walls are such an integral part of our city and this important initiative will play a key role in elevating their status as part of the visitor offer. This project complements the continued programme of investment in Waterford City Centre and we look forward to seeing its recommendations later in the year.”

The plan is being prepared by a consultancy team led The Paul Hogarth Company, bringing with them extensive experience of innovative interpretation and public realm projects across Ireland.

The team would like to hear from members of the public about the relationship they have with Waterford City’s medieval walls.   An online public survey has been published and can be completed by Monday, September 27th.

Director James Hennessey said, “We are delighted to be working in Waterford City on this project to help bring the wonderful medieval walls to life.  We very much hope that the people of the city and beyond will join us in this process, sharing what the walls mean to them and the many stories that they hold”.

The online survey can be found on the website and social media accounts of Waterford City and County Council, or by following this link https://awqaw573pjr.typeform.com/Waterford

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