Waterford Arts and Summer School bursaries awarded

Waterford City & County Council’s Arts Office has announced details of the successful recipients for various artistic summer schools 2018.

In receipt of bursary assistance for the Drama League of Ireland Summer School at the University of Limerick are:

  • David Mansfield, Aisteorí an tSean Phobail
  • Pat Power, Dungarvan Dramatic Club

The recipients of assistance towards attending the Irish Youth Choir Summer programme

  • Irinel Lineen, Kilmacthomas
  • Pax O Faoláin, An Rinn
  • Sarah Keane, Abbeyside, Dungarvan
  • Brian Hughes, Ballinacourty

Bursary support for the Irish Youth Orchestra of Ireland Summer School is awarded to:

  • Lucy Kirby, Newtown, Waterford City
  • Conor Power, Waterford City
  • Fódhla Dunne, Tramore

In addition the recipients of bursaries to attend the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, the artist’s
workplace at Annaghmakerrig, Co. Monaghan during 2018 have been awarded as follows:

  • Two week residency to: David Power/Musician/Cul na Smear and Petra
    Kindler/Theatre, Waterford city
  • One Week residencies to Christine O’ Brien/Visual Artist, Waterford city
  • Mary Tritschler/Visual artist, Dunmore East
  • Rachel Smith/Visual artist, Tramore
  • Ciara Gormley/Visual Artist, Modeligo

The Arts Office acknowledges the Arts Council’s support to the arts in Waterford.


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Waterford’s “Supplementary Register of Electors” increases by 3,743 voters ahead of May 25th referendum

The ‘Supplementary Register of Electors’ in Waterford, which records newly registered voters, or those who have changed address, increased by a total of 3,743 ahead of Friday’s referendum on the 8th amendment to the constitution.

Communications Officer, Claire Hartley commented “It’s great to see so many new voters showing an interest in exercising their voting franchise ahead of the referendum.  Polling cards for the ‘Supplementary Register’ should be landing at people’s home this week, while those who were previously registered should have already received them.

If you are registered, but you don’t receive your polling card, you can still vote – you must bring ID to the polling station on the day.”

The (full) Register of Electors is a list of all persons who are entitled to vote at elections and referenda.  It comes into force on the 15th of February each year.   A ‘Draft Register’ is then published on 1st November each year and this may be inspected free of charge at City Hall, Waterford, the Civic Offices, Dungarvan, Post Offices, Garda Stations and our libraries.

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Golf Fundraiser for Special Olympics Ireland

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Creative Ireland – Open Call for Funding for Projects

Do you want to be involved with the new Creative Ireland Programme?

The Creative Ireland programme is about promoting individual, community and national well-being through creativity. The programme is built around the themes of identity, culture and citizenship.

Waterford City and County Council’s Creative Ireland Culture Team is pleased to announce an open call for Waterford based creative practitioners, groups, organisations, communities and individuals to submit applications for funding for creative and cultural projects to be developed in 2018.  This Creative Ireland open call is a countywide open call and applications are invited from artists, writers, performers, archaeologists, historians, archivists, or anyone involved in the creative or cultural arena in Waterford City and/or County.

Applications are invited from established individuals and groups, but those with little or no previous involvement in creative or cultural projects are also welcome.

The overall level of funding available ranges from €500 – €5,000 with a maximum grant of €5,000 being awarded to an individual project.

Full details and an application form can be down loaded from http://www.waterfordcouncil.ie/departments/culture-heritage/creativeireland.htm

Further information from creativewaterford@waterfordcouncil.ie

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‘Bring Your Own Chair’ Craft/Designer Residency + Host opportunities

Expressions of interest are sought for 3 x craft makers/designers to host and collaborate with a European designer/craft practitioner for 5 days in July 2018.

Bring Your Own Chair is an art project taking place in rural towns and villages across counties Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford throughout the spring and summer of 2018. As part of the programme three craft makers and/or designers will undertake two week-residencies in July 2018 within the specific context of a rural town, engaging with the vernacular craft and design history of the locale.

Workhouse Union are seeking proposals from designers/craft makers who wish to explore the possibilities of socially engaged practice within the context of Bring Your Own Chair.

We are particularly interested in potential of co-operation, craft and industry to
sustain rural economies.

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Creative Ireland Programme Scheme 2018/2019

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms. Josepha Madigan, T.D., was today (Monday 14th May) joined by 4th class students of St. Patrick’s National School, Garristown and founder of Fighting Words Roddy Doyle for the announcement of the new Creative Ireland Programme Scheme 2018/2019.

The Creative Ireland Programme is a culture-based well-being initiative which is guided by a vision that every person in Ireland will have the opportunity to realise their full creative potential.  It is a five year all-of- Government Programme, from 2017 to 2022, to place creativity at the centre of public policy. In 2017, the Creative Ireland Programme supported a range of successful talks, workshops and events on culture, creativity and well-being, to encourage deeper understanding and appreciation of the role of creativity and to promote the new Programme’s objectives and underlying values.

Read further information below.

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Response by Waterford Council to National Integrity Index 2018

Response by Waterford City and County Council
to the National Integrity Index 2018
published by Transparency International Ireland

Waterford City and County Council welcome the scorecard and see it as a good tool for measurement of transparency. We are disappointed with the score of 30%. As a matter of fact, independently of Transparency International Ireland we have put in place measures to improve how we operate. If audited today, we would score 53% which would bring us into the top 10 Local Authorities.

Transparency International Ireland now gives us a framework to improve our transparency year on year.  Progress will be reviewed regularly. We would welcome a more iterative approach with Transparency Ireland in the future.

Statement by:

Fearghal Reidy to WLR news
Director of Services
Corporate, Culture, HR & IS

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